Some of you may remember, back on May 4th our family was at a picnic during the primary season that Senator Obama and his family were attending. Our family was chosen to sit with the Obama's within the "line of sight of the cameras" in a highly covered primary visit just 2 days before the Indiana primary. We were blessed to be chosen and even more excited that Senator Obama came and sat with our family and asked, "What can I do as president that would impact your family?" During this time, he asked if Robert would like a picture with him and as they were posing, Harrison ran over and barely able to withhold his excitement, hugged the Senator's legs. Barack reached down and picked Harrison up. Harrison was so thrilled that the explosive joy on his face was adorable. When Obama smiled, I heard about 50 press cameras behind me going off. I expected to see Harrison's picture in a newspaper that next day. No such luck.
Fast forward to today . . . Our kindergarten class at daycare was getting ready to take a look at their Weekly Reader magazine. It was, of course, an issue on the election. Our kindergarten aide opened it up and she sprinted to my office. She came in waving it in excitement. "Sheri, you've seen this right?" I had no idea what she was talking about. I opened the magazine and on the inside was one side of the layout devoted to Senator McCain and one to Senator Obama. The photo of Obama was the one where he was holding Harrison!
It was obviously taken at the same time as the photo I took, but was definitely from behind me a little higher. It is credited as "Obama with boy - AP image".
I was shocked and like any crazy mother I cried! And you should've seen his face when he got off the bus and I showed him his picture. He just beemed! A lucky boy indeed . . . a picture with our future president and in a national distributed magazine. I called Weekly Reader and asked them to send me a few and they are sending me a poster. Cool!
One year since he's been gone.
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