I was looking through the White House Flikr page in search of a photo for an illustration I was working on when I came across the above photo of President Obama (cropping and frame is my doing). I loved the picture immediately…and even more so when I found out who the children were.
“Two days after the shootings at Newtown, the President traveled to Connecticut to meet with the victims’ families and give remarks at a prayer vigil. The President spent hours greeting family members. Difficult as that was for everyone, the one moment that helped sooth the pain was when he posed for a photo with the siblings and cousins of Emilie Parker, one of the 20 children who died that day in Newtown. I see both sadness and hope in this photograph, and I know after a lot of tears that day, it meant so much to the President that everyone was able to smile for a moment in this family photo. Thanks to the Parker family for allowing us to show this photograph publicly.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
I don’t know these children but I wish I could pick up each and every one of them and give them a hug.
Sadness and hope. Doesn’t that say it all?