Archives for October 2011
The First Family including the Obama children and the First Grandmother toured the monument with two of Dr. Martin Luther King jr.’s children: Reverend Bernice King and Martin King III before the President sat on the Podium. President Obama could be heard asking the King family, “Are ya’ll happy?. ” Martin King III could be heard saying yes!” President Obama returned saying, “That is the most important thing.” The President was referencing the controversy about the statue. Some of the controversy centers around the statue being made in China and the Chinese workers who assembled it were not paid. Some other including poet Maya Angelou do not like the statue.
Friday night the First Family took an unexpected trip just down the road for an up close visit of the King Memorial. The family spent 20 minutes at the monument. In recent weeks, the Presidential motorcade took the President and Mrs. Obama, at least twice, by the MLK Memorial. Sunday, First Lady Michelle Obama and the first Children will accompany President Obama to for the dedication of the Martin Luther King Memorial, where he will deliver the keynote address. White House sources reveal a reception will be held at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. following the ceremony for Civil Rights leaders and Congressional Black Caucus member. Obama officials say all CBC members were invited to the reception. Some of the members will not be attending. White House sources say an invitation was extended to Congresswoman Maxine Waters. She will not be at the White House reception. According to Obama Administration sources she is being honored in her home district of Los Angeles, California. Meanwhile, Many contend the moment of the Monuments dedication by a Black President is monumental.