Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Obamas and Children

Sometimes you shape the narrative by simply living your life. As Gandhi said..."Be the change you want to see in the world." It is in that spirit that I have watched the Obamas over the last couple of years and how they interact with and involve children in their lives.

Its become cliche for politicians to talk about valuing children as our future. But I seldom see them given the priority these words imply. That is why the photos I'm about to share speak to me so much more loudly than words. They indicate a lived-out value of children. And they inspire me.

First of all, a few of my favorites from the campaign.

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Since moving into the White House, the Obamas have hosted many events for children.

Like the one in February when middle school children were invited to a presentation about Black History Month.

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And to plant an organic garden at the White House.

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And a Healthy Kids Fair.

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And Bring Your Kids to Work Day at the White House.

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Of course, there was Halloween.

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And who can forget the fun of the White House Easter Egg Roll?

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And finally, there was Astronomy Night at the White House.

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Did you know that Michelle Obama has started a mentoring program that matches local girls with White House Staffers? She said it was one of her top goals when becoming First Lady.

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Back during the transition, we saw the Obamas interest in visiting local schools. That tradition has continued since they moved into the White House.

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I think we should make Michelle Obama's title "Hugger-In-Chief."

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But then, I don't know what this guy's title should be.

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And finally, lest we forget the two children who currently live in the White House, here's a pictorial look at the bending of the moral arc of the universe towards justice.

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(Sasha's first day of school in DC)

1 comment:

  1. Your sentiments are profound and your post is great. i particularly like the juxtaposition of the last two images, Rockwell's painting and the photo of Sasha's Secret Service accompaniment. However, I am concerned and worried if he has as much compassion for the children of Afghanistan.
    -David J. Levy

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