Posts Tagged ‘children

22
Jul
16

A Rose For The President

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Pete Souza: President Obama smells a rose given to him by Sophia Ahmadi, 2, during the Eid al-Fitr reception yesterday.

14
Jul
16

Children In Search Of Refuge

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Gazelle’s thoughts on the recent events

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Children In Search Of Refuge

As a child, a refugee child,
My Mama taught me Caution.
Run from the marauders of the streets,
Especially those carrying guns
Beyond their natural height.
Run from machete wielding persona.
Run from The Toothless Angered,
They’re mastered by the powers du jour.
Run for dear life.
If speed is of essence,
Drop your school books upon the dusty path,
Run!
Make it home,
To your Mama’s anxious arms.
Pray you do,
And live another hour

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As a child, an American child,
The ghosts of yonder history hovered.
Waiting their turn to fully manifest,
Yet again.

My Mama taught me,
Before I was double digits,
To be cautious out there.
The marauders, the ghosts, the egregious,
The Toothless Angered
Will menace my being.
Don’t run for dear life.
Learn to stay still

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There is nowhere to run.
Nowhere to stay still,
Except in shocked death.
No school books dropped on a dusty road,
They lay stained in unrequited blood along the school hallway.
Bullet strewn sidewalks splatter my paths.
The Toothless Angered
Are again mastered,
The daily Puppets of Avarice

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First Lady Michelle Obama greets children in audience of the obstacle course during the National Day of Play on the Ellipse outside the White House in Washington, DC Sept. 24, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

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Sanctuary is a scarcity in my universe
While The Toothless Angered,
With ample, unjustified impunity,
Continue to menace my being.

Pray I make it home Today, and all Tomorrows,
To my Mama’s anxious arms,
So I can hug her.
And just once, of many more, say
I love you Always

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11
Jul
16

Tweet Of The Day

09
Jul
16

Early Bird Chat

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Pete Souza

26
Jun
16

The Intimacy Of A Hug

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Julie Hirschfeld Davis: Long And Genuine’ Hugs: Shooting Victims’ Relatives Recall Obama’s Empathy

The wrenching ritual has become all too familiar to President Obama. His armored limousine deposits him at a nondescript building big enough to hold a large number of families whose loved ones have died in a mass shooting somewhere in America. Away from the news cameras that normally track his every interaction, he enters rooms thick with grief and the hushed voices of people in shock. He grasps for words of sympathy, comfort and condolence and offers long, tight embraces that the mourners will remember far more vividly than his words. Mr. Obama will travel to Orlando, Fla., on Thursday for the latest round of mass consoling, four days after a gunman killed 49 people and wounded 53 at a gay nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting in American history. “He hugged each one of us individually — and I mean hug, so that I was able to smell his cologne,” said Sharon Risher, 57, who lost her mother,

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Ethel Lance, and two cousins in the shooting in Charleston, S.C., last year, and met privately with Mr. Obama the next week. “It was not a little pat on the back. The intimacy of that hug is what I’ll always remember.”  Roxanna Green — whose 9-year-old daughter, Christina-Taylor Green, was one of six people killed in a 2011 shooting in a supermarket parking lot in Tuscon, Ariz., where Representative Gabrielle Giffords was holding an event — said she had campaigned for Mr. Obama with her daughter and mother and had often dreamed of meeting him. “But you never want to receive a visit like that from anybody,” Ms. Green, 50, said in an interview. “Their hugs were just long and genuine, like something you receive from a family member,” she said of Mr. and Mrs. Obama. “He said she was a beautiful girl, and he’s so sorry, and it was just a horrible loss and his girls are about the same age,” she recalled. “They were both very, very emotional. It was like it happened to someone in their family.”

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U.S. President Barack Obama sheds a tear while delivering a statement on steps the administration is taking to reduce gun violence in the East Room of the White House in Washington January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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19
Jun
16

Happy Father’s Day: Dad-In-Chief

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Joshua Kendall: Obama’s Most Unusual Legacy? Being A Good Dad

Shortly before the 2004 Illinois Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate, which he was to win by a landslide, Barack Obama was riding high. After about a year of nonstop campaigning, the Illinois state senator had raised far more money than any of his rivals, and his path both to the nomination and to the floor of the U.S. Senate seemed assured. But his closest advisers sensed that the 42-year-old candidate and father of two — 5-year-old Malia and 2-year-old Sasha — was feeling a bit down and listless. As Valerie Jarrett later told biographer Richard Wolfe, she suggested that the candidate meet her for lunch at Chicago’s posh gym, the East Bank Club.

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“What’s wrong?” Obama asked “the principal,” as he referred to his chief aide. Jarrett replied, “Your heart isn’t in it. What’s wrong with you?” “I miss my girls,” Obama said as tears welled up. “I don’t want to be the kind of father I had.” But after composing himself, he added, “I’ll work it out. I’ll be okay.” This hands-on dad, who helped coach Sasha’s grammar school basketball team, puts a high premium on both connecting with and providing direction to his girls. At 6:30, Obama and his wife sit down with the girls for a family dinner without any outsiders. The evening meal, observed Obama’s former body-man Reggie Love, was treated “like a meeting in the Situation Room. There’s a hard stop before that dinner.” While aides sometimes call him back to work at 8:30 or 9, they rarely dare to go upstairs to bother him during the sacred dinner hour.

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18
Jun
16

The President And First Lady’s Day In Yosemite

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama speaks in front of Cook’s Meadow and Yosemite Falls while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California

YOSEMITE NTL PARK, CA - JUNE 18: President Barack Obama speaks in front of Cook's Meadow and Yosemite Falls on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite National Park, California. Obama is marking the centennial of the National Park Service which began on August 25, 1916. (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)

YOSEMITE NTL PARK, CA - JUNE 18: President Barack Obama speaks in front of Cook's Meadow on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite National Park, California. Obama is marking the centennial of the National Park Service which began on August 25, 1916. (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

YOSEMITE NTL PARK, CA - JUNE 18: A tour bus with he hashtag #ElPREZATELCAP on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite National Park, California. President Barack Obama spoke to a crowd at Yosemite marking the centennial of the National Park Service which began on August 25, 1916. (Photo by David Calvert/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama speaks while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US President Barack Obama greets guests after speaking while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks system at Yosemite National Park, California, on June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US First Lady Michelle Obama and US President Barack Obama pose with children after speaking to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th anniversary of the US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama pose with children after speaking to them about the “Every Kid in the Park” initiative

US First Lady Michelle Obama (L) and US President Barack Obama hand out National Park passes to children for the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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US President Barack Obama speaks to children about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama watches as children help US President Barack Obama stand after he spoke to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama listens while US President Barack Obama speaks to children about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama and others listen while US President Barack Obama shows how to scare a bear while speaking to children about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama shows how to scare a bear while speaking to children

Children help US President Barack Obama stand after he spoke to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks, on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite Valley, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Children help US President Barack Obama stand after he spoke to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks, on June 18, 2016 in Yosemite Valley, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Children help President Barack Obama stand after he spoke to them about the “Every Kid in the Park” initiative

US First Lady Michelle Obama and US President Barack Obama sit with children after speaking to them about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks, on June 18, 2016, in Yosemite National Park, California. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

US First Lady Michelle Obama and US President Barack Obama talk after speaking to children about the "Every Kid in the Park" initiative in Yosemite National Park, California, while celebrating the 100th year of US National Parks June 18, 2016. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

28
May
16

Early Bird Chat: The Baby Whisperer In Japan

IWAKUNI, JAPAN - MAY 27: U.S. President Barack Obama greets the cheering crowd of the U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) on May 27, 2016 in Iwakuni, Japan. President Barack Obama flew in to the MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One, and visited the troops before visiting Hiroshima. (Photo by Jean Chung/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama plays with a child while visiting U.S. and Japanese servicemen and their families at the Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni (MCAS Iwakuni) in Iwakuni, Japan

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Pete Souza: President Obama greets troops and their families at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan

11
Apr
16

Picture Of The Day

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Pete Souza: President Obama plays with August DuBois during an Oval Office visit with his parents, Joshua and Michelle DuBois today. Joshua is the former Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

10
Apr
16

Chat Away

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President Barack Obama greets Linda and Russ Dickson, a Texas couple who wrote a letter to the President about the Affordable Care Act, at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, April 10, 2014. Photo by Pete Souza

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President Barack Obama autographs a sign while greeting neighbors and supporters before an event in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., April 10, 2012. Photo by Pete Souza




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