Another historically important site I’ve sprinted through.
Overheard in the White House press corps (via ari-in-africa)
Ari in Africa is such a great blog (it’s Ari Shapiro of NPR covering Obama’s trip to Africa).
As part of his trip to Senegal today, President Obama stopped by the House of Slaves on the island of Gorée and spent a moment reflecting at its Door of No Return. The House of Slaves is a world-famous museum dedicated to the slave trade; the Door of No Return was the portal through which slaves exited the building and boarded slave ships.
Some historians believe that the House, and Gorée Island, actually played a minor role in the slave trade. Either way: Here is Barack Obama, a black man standing in a doorway that Africans were forced to walk through on their way to enslavement as late as 1848. Unlike those slaves, he will turn around and leave the House of Slaves the same way he came in. He’ll get on Air Force One and fly back to the White House, the most powerful man in the world.
(via Daily Intelligencer)
Source: New York Magazine
Picking the right guy to play Obama, that was the challenge, I mean, who is Obama really? We don’t know. We never got his transcripts and they say he’s kinda aloof. So I needed someone who could really dive in and really become Barack Obama and as it turns out, the answer was right in front of me all along: Daniel Day Lewis. He becomes his characters – Hawkeye from ‘The Last of the Mohicans’ and Bill the Butcher from ‘Gangs of New York’ and Abraham Lincoln in, ‘Lincoln’. And you know what? He nailed it. - Steven Spielberg (x)
And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.