57 years ago

President Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event in Dearborn, Mich., April 18, 2012. (Photo by Pete Souza)


Today is the 57th Anniversary of the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat



132 Responses to “57 years ago”

  1. 1 MB32
    December 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I love that photo

  2. 7 mtmarilyn
    December 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    that picture brings so much emotion! This President touches it all.

    • 8 jacquelineoboomer
      December 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      I remember the look that came over his face, during a private moment, when “Change Gonna Come” was being sung at the ’09 Inaugural Concert. That was amazing, too. We saw the tears streaming down his face when he was thanking his campaign workers this year, post-election, and I – quite frankly – don’t know how he holds the tears in, at other times. He is extremely strong, as Joey Biden would say. I credit his mother!

  3. 9 GGail
    December 1, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you Chipsticks for remembering – you’re AWESOME!!!!!

    • December 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      I cheated GGail, was out for the last couple of hours, came back and saw it on Twitter – I wouldn’t have remembered otherwise 😳

      • 11 MB32
        December 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

        Thank you for posting that beautiful, iconic photo

      • 12 GGail
        December 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

        Thank you for your honesty and for thinking that it MIGHT be something that we would want Remembered today. You’re STILL Awesome!

        • 13 vcprezofan2
          December 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

          ‘came back and saw it on Twitter’

          Just means you have awesome research skills, Chica!. 😉 😉 Howdy, y’all! I had another busy running-around day so now I haven’t a clue what-all you have been doing. I’m going to start down the thread to see what I missed.

  4. December 1, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Congrats on your tie for 1st MB32 & cman – would be tough to beat that picture of PBO honoring Rosa Parks. It was neat to see various folk on Twitter today acknowledging the anniversary.


    • 16 MB32
      December 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Bob…I have never been first…I don’t post much so this feels like quite an accomplishment 😀 And yes it was nice to see folks on Twitter acknowledging the anniversary

  5. December 1, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    • 20 jacquelineoboomer
      December 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      I know that was a serious tweet, Bob, but I’m still cracking up with the “Yo” !

    • 21 Chi
      December 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      We always knew Mitt was an unpatriotic phony…

      But he’s not even trying to pretend any longer…

      Less than a month after an election that but for the grace of God might have had him as the president elect, he’s completely given up every pretense of being anything but the unpatriotic, disloyal American he always was but tried very hard to hide…

      Off shore and Swiss bank accounts, destruction and outsourcing of American companies and jobs, etc…

      When a person shows you who they are, believe them…

      And thank God so many more of us believed what we saw and voted against this sorry person…

  6. 22 amk for obama
    December 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    So it all started with a woman? 😀

  7. 25 vitaminlover
    December 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Just thinking, President Obama represeents sooooo many things to sooo many people. He has a personal history with this country that is just amazing. He is of mixed racial heritage-white mother, black Kenyan father. His mother remarries a man of Indonesian(?) descent. He is the first black Harvard student President. He marries a young black woman who had a great home and family life with both parents intact. He has travelled all over the world since young childhood. He grew up in Hawaii being raised by his maternal white grandparents who dearly loved. He graduates from college goes to law school marries the love of his life. He is elected a Senator. He keeps his head as life proceeds for him. He and Michelle have 2 sweet and precious girls. THEN he runs for President and wins and then gets re-elected. During his first term he accomplishes soooooo many things to benefit the American people. Now at this point in time he is on the verge of starting his second term. So I can imagine what he is thinking while sitting on that bus seat.

  8. 27 Bill R.
    December 1, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Memo to Emoprogs: Pres Obama is not caving:

  9. December 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    We saw the LINCOLN movie last night. The whole time I was thinking of our first family. Lincoln had nerves of steel, despite all the voices around him telling him to give up on passing the 13th amendment, he knew that it was what must be done at that moment in time. Slavery in the USA must end in order for our country to heal, grow and lead. What Lincoln did, alone with his heart ache…well he was a man of the ages.
    He no sooner accomplished this and ended the civil war…and he was taken from us, April 1865. April 1968 another great man was taken from us. Rosa Parks is part of that line from Lincoln to our President. Young people today forget history and they take so much for granted.

    I have not commented on this site much since the election, like so many of you I gave my nervous system to get our president elected. I still sit and cry, knowing that history has been created once again and we were here to experience it. But I fear for our President, seeing Lincoln hit me hard. Hate is powerful, fueled by ignorance.
    Thank you Chips and all the TOD family…

    • December 1, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      “like so many of you I gave my nervous system to get our president elected…” only one who had done so would know! HUGE, THANK YOU. and THANK YOU Chips and all the TOD family (i’m so new here i’m not quite sure what all the acronyms mean but looking forward to learning). hey, i completed my FIRST POST here! ;~) *thumbsUP* carla4obama

    • 31 Chi
      December 1, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      No need to fear…
      President Obama is completely covered…

      No weapon fashioned against him or his family shall ever come to prosper…

      Trust that it is well…

  10. December 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    that picture is indeed haunting in so many ways

  11. December 1, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Wow, a supposed “liberal” is attacking me on Twitter because I question why Representatives are getting paid so much while spending so little time in session in 2013. “But district work, and you don’t understand, and garble garh ugh!” Quite amusing.

    • December 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Ugh, Twitter seems to be crawling with supposed ‘liberals’ these days LL, most of them still recovering from the disappointment of PBO being re-elected 🙄

      • December 1, 2012 at 8:33 pm

        I keep pointing out that the House had a much fuller schedule under Pelosi. The Senate still has a full schedule. “District business” doesn’t wash. LOL.

        • December 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

          Don’t bother them with facts, LL, their minds are made up.

          • December 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm

            There were two. One kept saying “District business”; he’s stopped responding to me after I keep saying that the Senate doesn’t seem to need so much time off to attend to constituents. The other one called me a “concern troll”, and then deleted her tweet. ROFL.

            • December 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm

              “The other one called me a “concern troll”, and then deleted her tweet.”

              Um, these ‘progressives’ are just jam-packed with conviction 😆

            • 39 majiir
              December 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

              Most of these reps aren’t doing any work in their “districts” when they’re not in D.C., and anyone who thinks they are is fooling themselves. My rep, a GOPer, had one public event after Boehner announced that the House would be in recess until after the election. None of the supposed liberals would hire someone to work as few hours/hours as the members of the House work. None of them.

        • 43 nathkatun7
          December 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

          LL, I agree with you 100%! We didn’t elect these people to spend most of their time on so called “District business.” We elected them to conduct the business of Congress. The “supposed liberals” attacking you need to go back to school and study the Constitution and its provisions about the duties for members of Congress. No where does the Constitution mention the undefined “District business” as a major duty for members of Congress.

    • 46 Chi
      December 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Probably one of those ‘liberals’ joining in on the attacks on Susan Rice while advocating for the right wing Jon Huntsman who’s supposedly ‘sane’ because he once tweeted that he believed in science and never mind that he actually went along with the crazy clown car and would have been as rabid and insane as he needed to be had he registered at all on the primary scale…

  12. 47 amk for obama
    December 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    What’s the difference between a lawyer and a trampoline?

    You take off your high heels when you jump on a trampoline.

  13. 48 JER
    December 1, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    A moving and uplifting drama about the effects of interracial marriage in the 1960s. Friends since childhood, and loved by both families, this couple are exiled after their wedding and have to wage a courageous battle to find their place in America as a loving family. http://youtu.be/VxCysjSlR9I

    Loving v. Virginia was a landmark civil rights case in which the United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, declared Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute, the “Racial Integrity Act of 1924”, unconstitutional.

    • 49 prettyfoot58
      December 1, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Jer…what year was that..

        • 51 utaustinliberal
          December 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm

          It’s 1967.

          • 53 nathkatun7
            December 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm

            I vividly remember that historic ruling! I was a sophomore in College, majoring in history. My history professor, a Stanford graduate, who was originally from Iran, and was married to a white American woman, was so effusive about that decision. He was the first person to open my eyes about the absurdity of race as a biological/scientific construct. It was from him that I learned that the concept of race is a social construct because basically there is only one human race with infinite varieties.

      • 54 JER
        December 1, 2012 at 8:39 pm

        Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 (1967),[1] was a landmark civil rights case in which the United States Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, declared Virginia’s anti-miscegenation statute, the “Racial Integrity Act of 1924”, unconstitutional, thereby overturning Pace v. Alabama (1883) and ending all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_v._Virginia

        • 55 prettyfoot58
          December 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm

          The Warren Court….

          Where would we be without their rulings…

          The Warren Court refers to the Supreme Court of the United States between 1953 and 1969, when Earl Warren served as Chief Justice. Warren led a liberal majority that used judicial power in dramatic fashion, to the consternation of conservative opponents. The Warren Court expanded civil rights, civil liberties, judicial power, and the federal power in dramatic ways.[1]

          The court was both applauded and criticized for bringing an end to racial segregation in the United States, incorporating the Bill of Rights (i.e. applying it to states), and ending officially sanctioned voluntary prayer in public schools. The period is recognized as a high point in judicial power that has receded ever since, but with a substantial continuing impact.[2][3]…



          By the way….Thurgood Marshall joined this court in 1967….

          i was in the 8th grade….

  14. 56 utaustinliberal
    December 1, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    For those at home, the movie Inception with the bloody brilliant Leo DiCaprio is on tonight on TNT.

  15. 58 amk for obama
    December 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    A guy walks into doctor’s office, and both of his ears scalded. The doc asks, “What happened to your ears?”

    He says, “I was ironing a shirt when the phone rang and s**t, I accidentally answered the iron.”

    The doc says, “Well, that explains one ear, but what happened to your other ear?”

    He says, “Well, geez, I was trying to call you”.

  16. 80 utaustinliberal
    December 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    The picture of Pres. Obama and Rosa Parks……chills.

  17. 81 amk for obama
    December 1, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    A gorgeous young redhead goes into the doctor’s office and said that her body hurt wherever she touched it.

    “Impossible!” says the doctor. “Show me.”

    The redhead took her finger, pushed her cheek and screamed, then she pushed her elbow and screamed in even more. She pushed her knee and screamed; likewise she pushed her ankle and screamed. Everywhere she touched made her scream.

    The doctor said, “You’re not really a redhead, are you?

    “Well, no” she said, “I’m actually a blonde.”

    “I thought so,” the doctor said. “Your finger is broken.”

  18. 85 Ceb
    December 1, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Chips, thanks for this particular post; it means so much on so many levels.

    • December 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm

      My pleasure Ceb, as I said to GGail I was completely unaware of the anniversary until I saw it mentioned on Twitter, the most inspirational woman and story ever.

  19. December 1, 2012 at 8:58 pm

  20. 91 amk for obama
    December 1, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    A man walks into the toy store to get a Barbie doll for his daughter. So he asks the assistant, as you would, “How much is Barbie?”

    “Well,” she says, “we have Barbie Goes to the Gym for $19.95, Barbie Goes to the Ball for $19.95, Barbie Goes Shopping for $19.95, Barbie Goes to the Beach for $19.95, Barbie Goes Nightclubbing for $19.95, and Divorced Barbie for $265.00.”

    “Hey, hang on,” the guy asks, “why is Divorced Barbie $265.00 when all the others are only $19.95?”

    “Yeah, well, you see, it’s like this … Divorced Barbie comes with Ken’s house, Ken’s car, Ken’s boat, Ken’s furniture …”

    And I am outta here.

  21. December 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Speaking of (proper) football:


  22. December 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Great graphic!!

    • 110 susanne
      December 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      this is a terrific visual–really makes it clear!

    • 111 nathkatun7
      December 1, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      This is a wonderful visual! It should shame all these Republicans who claim to be concerned about balancing the budget but yet hold out St.Ronald Reagan as their hero!

  23. 112 hopefruit2
    December 1, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    For those who didn’t get a chance to see it the first time – the Soul Train Music Awards is being re-aired on BET (started at 9PM ET).

  24. 114 utaustinliberal
    December 1, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    I am glued to the TV watching Inception and I usually love Christopher Nolan’s work but Inception reminds me once again that he is a bloody brilliant writer, director, and visionary.

  25. 115 JER
    December 1, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    • 118 JER
      December 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm

      Wrong again. I give up.

      • 119 theo67
        December 1, 2012 at 9:41 pm

        What flag is that?

        • 121 theo67
          December 1, 2012 at 9:46 pm

          I answered my own question via Google.

          Why would a person running for President of the United States be flying a Jewish flag on his campaign plane? I guess it’s the same reason he was flying the Cayman Islands flag on the yacht where he held his campaign fundraiser, and possibly the same reason he invests his money overseas, why he fled the country instead of serving in the war he protested in favor of drafting his peers to fight in and why he was willing to let the American auto industry go bankrupt and then promptly buys a foreign luxury vehicle the same month he loses the election? He’s no patriot.

          • 122 majiir
            December 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

            It always amazes me when some on the right call the president a Manchurian Candidate and don’t realize that the closest example of a MC would be Romney as president. I also read, theo, that Romney has reported that he doesn’t plan to help the GOP with its problems, so, no, he’s no patriot and he’s also an ungrateful SOB. He’s pissed off not only at PBO and those who voted for him. It also sounds like he’s pissed off at the GOPers, too.

            • 123 theo67
              December 1, 2012 at 10:05 pm

              It’s best that Romney distance himself completely from anything to do with the power players in this country or any other country. His greed knows no bounds, and his motivations are dangerous. The words “Manchurian Candidate” should never be used in the same sentence as President Obama – no relation at all.

  26. 125 Bill R.
    December 1, 2012 at 9:25 pm


    • 126 majiir
      December 1, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Very interesting. I don’t doubt that Adelson was spending so much on Romney in the hope that Romney would win, and he’d have a puppet in the WH. Norquist had already made it plain as day that a Romney presidency would be a rubber stamp on republican policies. It just so happened that a majority of us disagreed with Sheldon Adelson, and that was a very good thing. Had Romney won, I truly believe that the U.S. would have moved one step closer to being a corporatocracy.

  27. December 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    In the category of be very careful of that which you wish …

    “IT was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history.

    On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

    In the aftermath of 9/11, Bush officials attempted to deflect criticism that they had ignored C.I.A. warnings by saying they had not been told when and where the attack would occur. That is true, as far as it goes, but it misses the point. Throughout that summer, there were events that might have exposed the plans, had the government been on high alert. Indeed, even as the Aug. 6 brief was being prepared, Mohamed al-Kahtani, a Saudi believed to have been assigned a role in the 9/11 attacks, was stopped at an airport in Orlando, Fla., by a suspicious customs agent and sent back overseas on Aug. 4. Two weeks later, another co-conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui, was arrested on immigration charges in Minnesota after arousing suspicions at a flight school. But the dots were not connected, and Washington did not react.

    Could the 9/11 attack have been stopped, had the Bush team reacted with urgency to the warnings contained in all of those daily briefs? We can’t ever know. And that may be the most agonizing reality of all.”

    When this was published on 11 Sept 2012, I made a mental note to revisit it only if PBO was re-elected.

    Given the vast politicization and lies regarding Benghazi, as perpetrated by the vile life-forms of the GOP, it will now receive regular attention.

    For me ‘the most agonizing reality of all’ is not limited to the prevention of 9/11, which years ago we already had ample evidence could, in_deed, have been averted, but encompasses the decade plus of American, Iraqi, & Afghan dead, injured and, forever (PTSD) traumatized individuals, and their suffering families, who would never had perished. 9/11 itself was a horrible loss of life and source of trauma that is no where near resolved. The use of 9/11, largely for MIC profiteering and vastly immoral NEOCONSTER exceptionalism, to foist war on hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, undermine the US middle class and create totally unnecessary economic burden for the US are crimes of, yes, exceptional scale – and we have not even remotely begun to account for that historical reality.

    These are crimes that must be accounted. They will not fade from memory. They will fester and leach poison into the fabric of our society until they are staunched and disinfected with truth and reparations. ‘Watergate’ truly pales in comparison – let’s give McCain, Graham, Issa, et al., and all of GWB’s evil band of avaricious murderers just what they deserve.


    • 128 nathkatun7
      December 1, 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Bobfr, I am so glad you decided to publish this! This is what’s been eating me up about the hypocrisy of John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Susan Collins all of whom were members of the Senate in 2001 when Bush and his administration did absolutely nothing about the warnings about bin Laden’s threats to attack America.

  28. 129 hopefruit2
    December 1, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    • 130 nathkatun7
      December 1, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      Hoepefruit2, Today, in CA, President Obama gained 51,012 votes, and Mitt gained 21,208 votes. That’s more than 2:1 Obama advantage. The same was true in NJ where the President gained 15,378 votes to Mitt’s 6,098. CA still has more than 300,000 vote-by mail and provisionals to count. Most of those are in counties, like LA county, that President Obama won decisively.

      • 131 nathkatun7
        December 2, 2012 at 2:17 am

        Poor Mitt Romney, Karma just won’t let him off the hook. Here is the current vote reality that has Mitt Romney stuck everywhere with 47% of the votes:

        1. Nationally, the President leads Mitt Romney by over 4.6 million votes. In terms of percentages, the President is 50.93% and Romney is at 47.33%.

        2. In the 12 Swing States, where the super rich invested so much money to defeat the President, the President margin of victory is currently more than 1.8 million votes. Percentage-wise the President is at 51.32% and Romney is at 47.24%. The President’s winning margin in the hotly contested swing states is currently 4.08%.

        3. In the remaining 38 “non swing states” the President’s lead (50.72%) over Mitt Romney (47.38%) is now more than 2.7 million votes. Percentage-wise, PBO leads Romney by 3.34%.

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