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Sun Nov 4, 2012, 12:00 PM

I know this man.



I know this man.

Weíve played together in a community college jazz band for a little over a year. He plays piano. Heís clever. He makes hilarious facial expressions when something goes wrong in the music. Weíve never really talked much, but Iíve always known him to be a good guy.

And after seeing this, Iím reminded that every person has a story. I donít know what made him cry like that. I donít know his story. But it matters. All of us have stories that matter.

Even if my fellow jazz musician and I have stories that differ and hardly talk, we have common ground in that we choose to believe in the president. It makes me feel connected. Not only to this pianist I barely know, but to everyone who was touched at the rally. And it doesnít stop in Mentor, Ohio.

http://the-wretched-harmony.tumblr.com/post/34945075106/i-went-to-the-obama-rally-in-mentor-today-instead

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Reply I know this man. (Original post)
kpete Nov 2012 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Nov 2012 #1
skeewee08 Nov 2012 #2
monmouth Nov 2012 #3
babylonsister Nov 2012 #4
Voice for Peace Nov 2012 #5
siligut Nov 2012 #7
AsahinaKimi Nov 2012 #6
SaveAmerica Nov 2012 #8
juajen Nov 2012 #9
lexw Nov 2012 #13
namaste2 Nov 2012 #10
Tikki Nov 2012 #17
namaste2 Nov 2012 #35
efhmc Nov 2012 #33
namaste2 Nov 2012 #34
OneGrassRoot Nov 2012 #37
liberal N proud Nov 2012 #11
calimary Nov 2012 #12
grantcart Nov 2012 #14
Historic NY Nov 2012 #18
chollybocker Nov 2012 #27
Pachamama Nov 2012 #28
jamesatemple Nov 2012 #31
stopwastingmymoney Nov 2012 #36
tom_kelly Nov 2012 #24
grantcart Nov 2012 #25
Historic NY Nov 2012 #29
rainlillie Nov 2012 #15
freshwest Nov 2012 #16
lumberjack_jeff Nov 2012 #19
Cha Nov 2012 #20
sally5050 Nov 2012 #21
graywarrior Nov 2012 #22
forestpath Nov 2012 #23
Diclotican Nov 2012 #26
Ninga Nov 2012 #30
sevenseas Nov 2012 #32

Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 12:05 PM

1. You know him...

And now, just a little bit, I know him too...

Thank you, my dear kpete...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 12:09 PM

2. Thank you for sharing kpete.....

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 12:17 PM

3. His face really says it all doesn't it? God bless him whatever his trouble is..n/t

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Response to monmouth (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 12:21 PM

4. I think he's overcome with emotion at seeing President Obama.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 12:32 PM

5. Sometimes all it takes is some beautiful hope, and the attention of

somebody who sees and hears you, and those tears come
pouring down.

People hold in so much, their whole lives. Hope often seems
too good to be true, and like with a child who's been lost and
scared, when finally found, those tears of relief come tumbling
out, and wash away the fears.



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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #5)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 12:54 PM

7. This is what I think

And you expressed it so beautifully too.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 12:54 PM

6. All of us

Will probably cry if the President wins...because it will be wonderful..and we can take a deep breath and get back to our lives again knowing we are in good hands.


On the other hand should he lose, we will probably cry ..because we will know what kind of suffering is ahead for all of us. Crying is part of our nature.. depending on which scenario happens.


I would rather cry tears of joy than sorrow any day of the week.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 01:09 PM

8. Will you let us know when you find out? If you reply on this

then we'll get a notification. Thanks for sharing.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 01:15 PM

9. Please invite him to join DU. He probably needs an outlet.

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Response to juajen (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 02:05 PM

13. I was trying to figure out what it was I like about DU...

and you hit on it: it's an outlet.
I wasn't here for the 2008, and it was torture. I avoided news of all kinds.
This time around, good or bad news, there are so many others who share the grief /joy.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 01:55 PM

10. This reminds us (again) that we are all in this together..

How important this election is to all of us and how this President and the hope he brings and the change he has already made has impacted our present lives and how it will impact all of our futures. GOBAMA 2012!

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Response to namaste2 (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 02:46 PM

17. HI namaste2...Welcome to DU..



So glad you are here, too.


Tikki

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Response to Tikki (Reply #17)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:26 PM

35. Thanks for the welcome Tikki, this site has been a lifesaver, living in a major red county...

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Response to namaste2 (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 11:53 AM

33. So lovely to read a post from a devoted new comer. Welcome here.

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Response to efhmc (Reply #33)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 12:25 PM

34. Thank you efhmc for your kind welcome. Feels like home, been lurking a long time, time to post!

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Response to namaste2 (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 01:41 PM

37. Welcome! I'm very focused on the "in this together" message...

I got goosebumps when President Obama started saying it more and more. I use it as a twitter hashtag and share graphic messages like the one below frequently.

So nice to meet you, and to connect with another who recognizes the truth: That we are indeed all in this together.






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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 02:01 PM

11. Sometimes people just cry with joy - maybe meeting the President had that effect

The human mind is a strange thing and what triggers compassion and feelings can be far reaching.

You say you know him, maybe you find him to be a very caring individual.

I would like to think that this mans compassion is what is causing this reaction.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 02:04 PM

12. Damn, kpete, I'm crying just looking at him.

I think as a nation, we're all just on overwhelm.
Overwhelm about the damn election that's been dragging on for 90 years by now.
Overwhelm because of the storm.
Overwhelm because of what the reality of that storm may TRULY mean (and it's not fun at all, especially if you're just starting to come out of denial).
Overwhelm because that has made all our problems, together, feel so unsurmountable - ever get that feeling, like that little prayer, about the whole "the sea is so vast and my boat is so small" thing?
Overwhelm because of all the work there is, ahead, and not just in hurricane recovery.
And overwhelm in trying just to hold all that in, while going about our daily lives - whether you're in Sandy territory or not. After all, times have been so tough for so many for so damn long.

And then along comes Obama. The tall skinny dude who reaches out and lets some stricken, rumpled, fighting-to-keep-herself-together-without-screaming hurricane victim literally bury herself under his arm. The guy from the so-called big-bad-federal-government who extends these long arms to connect - physically and emotionally. How many times have you held it in and held it in until somebody just came up and hugged you, and held you for a moment - and then the levy you've tried so hard to shore up in the middle of all this finally breaks and you dissolve and the tears just flow in spite of everything. I've had that happen - where I've held it in until somebody came up and touched me, hugged me, put their hands on my shoulders and patted my back softly and just hugged me tight. Shit - I'm getting teary-eyed just thinking back on it. It's the touch. The human touch. From the REAL adult in the room - in this case.

And what a time - when we're all feeling so overwhelmed and so small and beaten down and tired and fed up - here comes the cool, calm, steady adult, who's focused and brilliant and compassionate and reasoned, and when he says he cares you sense that he really means it. He's not just saying something that sounds nice so you'll be lulled into voting for him. This is the man with the power and the plan and the answers and the solutions, with a steady hand on the wheel of the nation, and he's come over and reached out to you, personally. Yeah, I'd be a pretty big puddle myself if that happened to me.

I'm right with this sobbing man in the photo. I so get what he's feeling. I SO get what that face is saying. I know this man, too, at least in that sense. I think we all do, from coast to battered coast. Part of the ordeal is almost over (the damned election) and we already know whose steady hands we're in. We already know who our real leader is. We already know who's the President. We already know who needs to stay as President.

To paraphrase a 20-year-old campaign slogan - "it's the connection, stupid." Followed by "it's the continuity, stupid."

kpete - this is one of the best posts you've ever contributed. If you ever see this fellow in the photograph, please send him our sincere love and solidarity/brotherhood/sisterhood! We know him, too.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 02:07 PM

14. I knew the other guy.


I didn't know his name at the time.

When Robert Kennedy was taken down I knew that we would get another one.

I didn't think it would take this long.

There are more coming.

Some are women, some are latino, white and people of color.

They will keep on coming.

And on the other side? They have nothing, nobody.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #14)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 02:54 PM

18. +1

It clicked with me on July 27, 2004.




People donít expect -- People don't expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/convention2004/barackobama2004dnc.htm

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #18)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 10:13 PM

27. Yup, that "skinny kid with the funny name."

I too clicked....

And here we are. (+ 4 more) .

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #18)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 10:37 PM

28. When I saw this, I said to my husband "We are looking at the 1st Black US President"....

....and yes, indeed we were....

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Response to Pachamama (Reply #28)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:16 AM

31. Wow! I said the same thing to my wife!

I don't recall having been moved so by a speech since Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream". Obama's speech still makes my eyes water. Hope in the face of troubles arouses passion...often accompanied by tears.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #18)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 01:36 PM

36. I'll never forget that speech


I knew immediately that he was destined for great things

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Response to grantcart (Reply #14)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 09:21 PM

24. You are right, grantcart

I was at the Tampa Obama campaign office this afternoon and met one of the up-and-comers. When they were speaking of him I thought it might have been Corey Booker but his name is Ruben Diaz, Jr., the Bronx Borough President. We know that POTUS doesn't allow just anyone to be stumping for him at rally's. Also there was Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles - very, very impressive gentlemen as well and we will hear more from him in the future too. They stopped in on their way to Miami. Also there was Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn - what a great guy he is too. The kind of guy you just know is a great father. I tried to paste pictures of these gentlemen here but can't figure out how.

BTW - I learned that Obama is up by 178,000 votes in the FL early voting so far. 47,000 in Hillsborough County (Tampa) alone. We can do it!!!! Get involved somehow!

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Response to tom_kelly (Reply #24)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 09:23 PM

25. good news and welcome to DU

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Response to tom_kelly (Reply #24)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 10:55 PM

29. Welcome to DU.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 02:16 PM

15. kpete, Thank you so much for such a positive

beautiful post. It was truly inspirational to read. The image is very moving, and your post is too. We need more of both. Thanks again.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 02:21 PM

16. I know how he feels. I'd be doing the same thing. Thanks, kpete.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 02:57 PM

19. Some times, it's not one big thing.

Some times a cathartic event causes all the little things to... erupt.

Been there.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 05:22 PM

20. I saw that pic yesterday on the obama diary, kpete, and thought it so

moving that I wanted to share it here. But, I got busy with other news and didn't get to it.

Thanks so much for posting it..and, it turns out it comes with a story which is so nice to know. I fell in love with that pic.. there is so much written on his face that I understood immediately how he felt.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 06:05 PM

21. this picture made me cry

 

i'm just so touched by his ability to shed his true feelings and the power of the moment in that one photograph.

awesome and thanks for sharing.. jazz music is awesome...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 08:43 PM

22. Very moving

Thanks.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 08:49 PM

23. I think I would react that way if I were that close to President Obama. Hell, I got choked up

 

at his rally I attended last month in Woodbridge VA, and I wasn't anywhere near him.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 10:09 PM

26. kpete

kpete

If President Obama win this week, I will toast a drink to him - this is something I never do usually - but I think both me, and the President deserve to have a toast if he is elected President November 6th.. I have tried to follow the election as close as I human can from my part of the world - it have often been a nasty, confusing election, where I half the time have no clue what it all was about, the other half part, I had some idea about what it all was about.. And the whole thing have been as messy and americans as elections tend to be over there...

I will bite fingers and foot November 6th - it will be nerve breaking to try to follow the final steps to who is the next President of the United States - and I pray that it will be Obama... Before GWB I would just think that americans, after all was sane and would vote for the smartest one - but after that nightmare I'm not sure anymore.. And before the last ballot is counted i fear I would not be sure who was elected the next president... After all, I was going to bed in 2000, in the sure idea that americans voted in Gore as their next President - and wake up to the news that George Walker Bush was elected president...

Please, please elect the man who is the smartest one, please don't disappoint the world again with the election of the worst candidate...

Diclotican

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Nov 4, 2012, 11:32 PM

30. Sweetness and kindness and love. I would cry too

if I could get that close.

My tears would be to wash away the heartbreaking uglyness of the words and actions of those who hate our dear President.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 11:17 AM

32. this is when words fall short at such a moment.

I think there is a poem about how sometimes there are just no words to properly express our feelings; that our feelings transcend mere words.

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