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When a Boy Found

a Familiar Feel

in a Pat of

the Head of State

Pete Souza/The White House

In the photo that has hung

in the West Wing for three years,

President Obama looks to be bowing

to 5-year-old Jacob Philadelphia,

his arm raised to touch the president’s hair

— to see if it feels like his.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/24/us/politics/indelible-image-of-a-boys-pat-on-obamas-head-hangs-in-white-house.html

So Obama does not talk about race?

He walks his talk.

I looooove this image-

the scrutiny and amazement in Jacob’s eyes 

 as his fingers feel the texture of Obama’s hair

and

the humility of

our President

willingly

stooping to meet

the height of a five year old boy

to answer a five year old boy’s

question:

Jacob spoke first.

“I want to know if my hair is just like yours,”

he told Mr. Obama,

so quietly that the president asked him to speak again.

Jacob did, and Mr. Obama replied,

“Why don’t you touch it and see for yourself?”

He lowered his head,

level with Jacob, who hesitated.

“Touch it, dude!” Mr. Obama said.

As Jacob patted the presidential crown,

Mr. Souza snapped.

“So, what do you think?” Mr. Obama asked.

“Yes, it does feel the same,” Jacob said.

This is character, this is beauty,

 this is indelible, this is compassion,

this is honoring, this is equality,

this is wonder, this is hope

this is steward leadership. 

I looove that this story was published

on my beloved friend’s birth date,

the late Jane Matteson.

I know what her response

to this moment

would have been.

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE