The Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge has just announced that President Obama has asked it if the White House can borrow one of its most treasured paintings, Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With," to mark the 50th Anniversary of Ruby Bridges's momentous walk to school, which marked the beginning of the racial integration of the William Frantz Public School in New Orleans on November 14, 1960.
Rockwell's painting was made for the cover of the January 14, 1964, issue of "Look" magazine. It's one of his most powerful, courageous, and ardent pictures.
The museum has agreed, of course, to the request. The painting will be on display at the White House until October 31.
It reminded me of this powerful juxtaposition that some of us noticed back in 2009.
The Problem We All Live With by Norman Rockwell
Sasha Obama's first day of school in Washington, D.C.