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Sun Sep 23, 2012, 01:09 AM

A picture 148 years in the making.

Babyloniansister posted this thread about Janiya Penny's meeting of the President captured in one of the most arresting pictures every taken at the White House.




We don't know what circumstances led to Janiya getting listed on the 'Make-a-Wish' list but we know there is a mountain of heartbreak weighing on the family of every child who is on that list.

In the picture you will see that Janiya is overcome by joy at meeting the President.

You can see the joy of the parents.

The President is completely in the moment and after greeting Janiya has turned to connect with her parents, who undoubtedly have been through their own personal torment in accompanying Janiya through her challenges.

If that was all in the picture it would be a candidate for the shortlist for iconic White House pictures.

But glance up wards and view the picture with the melancholy view of President Lincoln witnessing the event.

That additional framing gives an added almost surrealistic level to the painting. It shows the completed circle that goes from a compassionate leader who pays the greatest sacrifice to illustrating how progressive policies can transform real people's lives.

And the wise compassion of one leader becomes the foundation for the wise compassion of another.

And in her innocence Janiya becomes not only our sister but shows us how politics does in fact impact real people.

And we all share in her joy.

And grateful to those who have sacrificed before us so that we can share the moment with her.

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Reply A picture 148 years in the making. (Original post)
grantcart Sep 2012 OP
CaliforniaPeggy Sep 2012 #1
Melinda Sep 2012 #2
grantcart Sep 2012 #16
former-republican Sep 2012 #3
BlancheSplanchnik Sep 2012 #4
dmr Sep 2012 #11
BlancheSplanchnik Sep 2012 #28
Care Acutely Sep 2012 #5
grantcart Sep 2012 #17
defacto7 Sep 2012 #6
Cha Sep 2012 #7
Therion418 Sep 2012 #8
left on green only Sep 2012 #10
mimi85 Sep 2012 #13
calimary Sep 2012 #12
grantcart Sep 2012 #15
kdmorris Sep 2012 #22
freshwest Sep 2012 #9
Spitfire of ATJ Sep 2012 #14
Voice for Peace Sep 2012 #18
grantcart Sep 2012 #20
malaise Sep 2012 #19
Spazito Sep 2012 #21
grantcart Sep 2012 #23
lonestarnot Sep 2012 #24
proReality Sep 2012 #25
SleeplessinSoCal Sep 2012 #37
Odin2005 Sep 2012 #26
VPStoltz Sep 2012 #27
skeewee08 Sep 2012 #29
redqueen Sep 2012 #30
Th1onein Sep 2012 #31
secondvariety Sep 2012 #32
FailureToCommunicate Sep 2012 #33
denese Sep 2012 #34
Chorophyll Sep 2012 #35
WHEN CRABS ROAR Sep 2012 #36
SleeplessinSoCal Sep 2012 #38
SunSeeker Sep 2012 #39
earthbone Sep 2012 #40
nolabear Sep 2012 #41
ladyslipper Sep 2012 #42
kpete Sep 2012 #43
WillyT Sep 2012 #44
grantcart Sep 2012 #47
flamingdem Sep 2012 #45
Permanut Sep 2012 #46
LongTomH Sep 2012 #48
Quantess Sep 2012 #49

Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 01:12 AM

1. And the circle will be unbroken...

Your prose is beautiful and so very fitting.

Thank you!

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 01:18 AM

2. What an exceptionally beautiful story.

Thanks for creating and sharing this thread.

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Response to Melinda (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 08:02 AM

16. thanks

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 01:24 AM

3. Makes me sad seeing this

 

but I'm glad she got her wish.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 01:36 AM

4. gives me goosebumps....SO powerful, meaningful...wow

thanks, very eloquent

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 02:48 AM

11. Yea, me too. Goosebumps.

Love that pic. Would like to frame that one.

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Response to dmr (Reply #11)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 02:33 PM

28. i agree!

There are actually so MANY frameable moments with him!

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 01:44 AM

5. Wish I could rec this more than once

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Response to Care Acutely (Reply #5)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 08:30 AM

17. me too! lol thanks for the one.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 02:11 AM

6. Beautiful moment.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 02:16 AM

7. Good way to

Frame It! So Poignant.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 02:17 AM

8. Awesome pic!

4 more years!

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Response to Therion418 (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 02:33 AM

10. Welcome to DU!

I fell right into the whole thing. At first I looked at the picture on the surface only, and then as I read down and read where Babyloniansister/grantcart pointed out the intrinsic implications of the scene, I totally lost it.

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Response to left on green only (Reply #10)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 03:58 AM

13. Same here.

I thought I had a rough day yesterday - this pic totally put my piddly shit in perspective. My wish is for all her wishes to come true. Dammit, gotta get some Kleenex...

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Response to Therion418 (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 03:23 AM

12. Looks almost like a Norman Rockwell. Just beautiful! And on that note, Welcome to DU!

Glad to have you with us, Therion418! We need you! Let's all make SURE there are four more years!






Now get to work.

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Response to calimary (Reply #12)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 05:32 AM

15. exactly what I thought.

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Response to Therion418 (Reply #8)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 11:53 AM

22. Welcome to DU!



It is a awesome picture, indeed!

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 02:17 AM

9. Joy and tears for all of us. Thanks for this story and portrait(s).

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 04:16 AM

14. I wonder how many Tea Party types would have something to say about this,...

...and would then get offended and deny it when you told them Lincoln was a Republican.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 09:10 AM

18. thank you

And the wise compassion of one leader becomes the foundation for the wise compassion of another.

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Response to Voice for Peace (Reply #18)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 11:39 AM

20. thank you VOP

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 09:29 AM

19. If that doesn't move you

you're cold.

Thanks _ I saw it the first time but you made me share their joy again.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 11:43 AM

21. Very moving, both the photo and your OP about it...

I hadn't seen the photo until you posted it, thanks for doing that, it is much appreciated.

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Response to Spazito (Reply #21)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 12:14 PM

23. thank you

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 12:47 PM

24. K & R!

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 01:50 PM

25. Norman Rockwell couldn't have painted it better.

What a beautiful tribute and photographic record! Thank you for posting it.

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Response to proReality (Reply #25)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 08:14 PM

37. love your sentiment. So true.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 01:53 PM

26. WOAH!!!

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 02:05 PM

27. It's amazing how clicking that shutter at just the correct moment can create perfection.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 02:36 PM

29. Great picture.... brings tears to my eyes

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 04:06 PM

30. K&R

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 04:40 PM

31. I know America is not number one anymore, by so many measures, but.....

I really am so proud of her. We CAN do better. Yes, we can!

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 04:50 PM

32. Amazing...

The photo deserves a Pulitzer.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 05:30 PM

33. Beautifully put, Grantcart!

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 06:44 PM

34. I must thank you for sharing that

...thank you for lifting up my spirit with such a beautiful post.
I wish them every blessing

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 07:02 PM

35. How lovely. Thank you, Grantcart. nt

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 07:12 PM

36. Wow.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 08:16 PM

38. And she is dressed adorably. Michelle would be proud too.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 08:52 PM

39. K&R

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 09:11 PM

40. Wow !

What a great photo.Kinda made my eyes tear up.I would guess she got her wish.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 09:18 PM

41. Blessings on them all. All of life reflected in that story.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 10:44 PM

42. k&R n/t

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 10:56 PM

43. thank you

so much for sharing

peace, kp

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Sun Sep 23, 2012, 11:47 PM

44. HUGE K & R !!! - Thank You !!!






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Response to WillyT (Reply #44)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 07:36 AM

47. thanks for the kick

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 12:09 AM

45. Love this! nt

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 01:06 AM

46. This picture is a national treasure. n/t

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 01:53 PM

48. Worthy of another kick!

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A beautiful and touching picture!

Edited to add: I just shared this picture to my Facebook page, along with a few lines of your comments.

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Response to grantcart (Original post)

Mon Sep 24, 2012, 05:53 PM

49. K & R

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