Sat Jan 5, 2013, 04:13 PM
Fla Dem (5,985 posts)
White House Photograper Pete Souza shares his favorite 2012 pictures.
Enjoy and Happy New Year!
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White House Photograper Pete Souza shares his favorite 2012 pictures. (Original post)
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Response to LeftofObama (Reply #1)
Sat Jan 5, 2013, 06:08 PM
TahitiNut (71,592 posts)
6. When I saw these photos earlier this week ...
... THAT's the one that earned my "best" vote, too. Her expression is priceless. I can just SEE the wheels spinning and her brain processing the experience. It'll be a big part of WHO she is for the rest of her life.
Response to Fla Dem (Original post)
Sat Jan 5, 2013, 05:45 PM
riderinthestorm (22,427 posts)
5. I just googled Sgt Chase Haag, the soldier who reached his hand out from his quilt to shake the
President's hand. He had just arrived at the hospital after being grievously wounded by an IED.
He actually died of those injuries. Shaking his CIC's hand was probably one of his last acts...
Thanks for the wonderful pictures Fla Dem. Truly great.
Response to glowing (Reply #7)
Sat Jan 5, 2013, 06:25 PM
riderinthestorm (22,427 posts)
9. Me too. I was wondering what happened to him so I googled his name and came up with this...
There's other links for other stories about his death as well. Really sad.
Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #9)
Sat Jan 5, 2013, 09:59 PM
PennsylvaniaMatt (966 posts)
14. Actually, that is not the same Chase Haag...
The Chase Haag in the iconic picture with President Obama is alive and the President actually talked about him in a speech this past August.
From The White House website:
That’s the lesson of a soldier I had the honor to meet the last time I was in Afghanistan, visiting some of our wounded warriors in the hospital at Bagram. Sergeant Chase Haag is 22 years old. This past spring he was with his team when their vehicle got hit by an IED the day that I flew in. So when I arrived at his hospital room, he and his buddies were all in pretty bad shape. And he was certainly in bad shape -- his leg was broken, his back was fractured. He was laying there on his bed. He was under a lot of medication, face was swollen, his eyes were shut.
And at first, my attitude was I didn’t want to disturb him because I thought he was sleeping. And the doctor said, no, I think he can understand what you’re saying even if he can’t acknowledge it, and I think he’d appreciate knowing that you’re by his side. So I leaned in and I told Chase how proud I was of him and how proud the country was of him, and how we’d be praying for his recovery.
And I was turning to leave and then something happened. There was a rustling under his blanket. And Chase never opened his eyes, couldn’t make a sound, but suddenly you saw the blanket lift and his arm came out. And he shook my hand -- a firm Army handshake. (Hooah!) And I don’t think there was a dry eye in that room.
And then a few months later I was visiting our wounded warriors at Walter Reed, and I walk around the corner and who’s there but Chase. He had endured multiple surgeries. He was persevering through physical therapy. But this time he was on his feet. He was walking again. And he had his dad next to him. And today he’s back where every soldier wants to be -- back with his unit. (Hooah!) (Applause.)