First family honors Dr. King with service
January 16th, 2012
12:43 PM ET

First family honors Dr. King with service

WASHINGTON (CNN) –In what has become a tradition on the federal holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., three-fourths of the First family took part in a service project, this time sprucing up rooms at Browne Education Campus in Washington, D.C.

“Usually Sasha’s here,” President Obama said in brief remarks before rolling up his sleeves. “She couldn’t make it today.”

His handyman skills clearly pushed to the limit, President Obama joked about needing very specific instructions so that “I don’t mess anything up.”

While the First lady and daughter Malia installed colorful foam tiles on the floor in one room at the elementary and junior high school, the president put shelves and books in an empty bookcase.

“There’s nobody who can’t serve, nobody who can’t help somebody else,” the president said in what amounted to a call for action. “Whether you’re seven or six or whether you’re 76, then you can find opportunities to make an enormous difference in your community.”

In honoring Dr. King’s service and legacy, President Obama also touched on the controversy surrounding a quote inscribed on the slain civil rights leader’s new monument.

“They’re changing it and making some modifications,” the president said referring to the quote “I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness.”

Some have been critical and downright angry at the words etched in stone, insisting the quote is not entirely accurate and doesn’t clearly communicate what was actually said: “Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major say that I was a drum major for justice…”

President Obama suggested that the controversy should not overshadow what Dr. King was trying to convey, “that all of us can be a drum major for service, all of us can be a drum major for justice, you know.”

On Sunday the First family celebrated by worshipping at the historic Zion Baptist Church in Washington. They’ll end the holiday with a musical celebration, “Let Freedom Ring,” at the Kennedy Center.


Topics: President Obama • The News

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  1. dennis

    well done and said Mr. President.

    January 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Agenda: Grinding America Down
      --------––

      "Agenda is the most powerful expose of the communist, socialist, progressive attempt to take over America produced so far."
      -Ted Baehr, Movieguide

      "Best of Festival" at the 2010 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival

      When Idaho legislator Curtis Bowers wrote a "Letter to the Editor" about the drastic changes in America's culture, it became the feature story on the evening news, people protested at the capitol, and for weeks the local newspapers were filled with responses. He realized then that he'd hit on something.

      It's not just another conspiracy theory. It's a well-documented agenda.

      Ask almost anyone and you will hear, "Communism is dead! The Berlin wall came down." But although the word "communism" has fallen out of favor, Marxism continues to have a powerful influence upon our nation, as this new film quickly reveals. Join Bowers for a fascinating look at the people and groups that have successfully targeted America's morality and freedom in their effort to grind America down.

      Just wondering if anybody here has seen the movie????

      Looks like it might give us insite into the Liberals.

      Any Liberals here see the movie yet?

      January 16, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
      • WIMPY38

        Dude, you really need a life!

        January 17, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @Whimpy

        Did you say "dude"?

        That is so 1960's.

        How old are you, Dude?

        Are you the Boss Dude? or are you just the Dude in the car in front of us?

        Dude,,, LOL,,, Dude

        January 18, 2012 at 12:24 am |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Hey Writer Dan,

      I appreciate that you are showing that 3/4 of the Obama family is celebrating MLK Day.

      I, too, appreciate MLK, especially his Niece,

      [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5RWXe3dP0g&w=640&h=360]

      Just wondering, can you tell us that the Democrats
      (founders of
      the KKK, and
      the Doctors that promote Abortions with Planned Parenthood, and
      the Unions that were agaisnt Blacks, and THEN the Asians, and now AMERICANS!)

      HOW they will save us from the Enemies of FREEDOM?

      January 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
      • jean2009

        Need I say any more than David Duke, Repukeliklan Louisiana Senator, and Grand Wizard of the KKK.
        John Arbarr Montana Repukleliklan Representative and former organizer for the KKK.

        I think if you look at the history, you will find racism was not a Democratic or Rethugliklan philosophy but rather a stupid racist white supremacist philosophy.

        As humans we are always required to live in the current moment, this is not the late 18 and early 19 hundreds. Today the make up of the KKK is mainly southern, red-neck, uneducated, Nazi leaning, and Rethugliklan. In today's world philosophically Abraham Lincoln would not be a Republican he would be a Democrat.

        http://truelogic.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/the-republican-party-nazi-youth-kkk-have-much-in-common-christianity-being-one/

        http://www.americaforpurchase.com/republicans/from-the-kkk-to-the-tea-party-and-sarah-palin/

        Today's KKK is basically those who align themselves with people like the Koch Brothers, Dick Armey, and Karl Rove.

        Look who Rethugliklan Governor Haley Barbour wanted to honor on Mississippi license plates in 2011-Confederate General, Nathan Bedford Forrest the founder of the KKK
        http://the-reaction.blogspot.com/2011/02/haley-barbour-and-kkk-perfect.html

        You may want to tout that line about Democrats starting the KKK. The fact is history made a U-turn during the Civil Rights movement shifting the movement to the Repukleklan camp. Today the KKK is mostly right-wing, Nazi leaning, Teapitty, Rethugliklan.

        On a lighter note, I understand the KKK in Pulaski, Tennessee disbanded claiming the Republicans had co-opted all their ideas.
        http://assimilatedpress.blogspot.com/2006/07/kkk-disbands-claiming-gop-has-co-opted.html

        January 17, 2012 at 11:36 am |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @Jean2009

        Can you tell me what part of KKK this guy is talking about?

        Sounds like this guy is a Racist!
        He doesn't like Barack Houssien Obama!

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tz5BzIrHulE&w=640&h=360]

        Just let me know if this guy sounds like Senator Harry Bird of West Virginia and of the KKK!

        January 17, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @Jean2009

        Better drop the Big Government and start going back to the Lord....

        I am not suggesting that you are not into the Lord,,,
        You just might be Praying to the wrong Deliverer (meaning Big Government)!

        Big Government is Preying on YOU, the Working Families, the Poor in America, and all the other Useful Idiots!

        Big Government = Little Freedom.
        Little Government = Big Freedom!

        [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EJSkJlh_fg&w=640&h=360]

        January 17, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
  2. tamara reina

    Now that history taken us life let's make a new one

    January 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Agenda: Grinding America Down

      "Agenda is the most powerful expose of the communist, socialist, progressive attempt to take over America produced so far." Ted Baehr, Movieguide

      "Best of Festival" at the 2010 San Antonio Independent Ch ris tian Film Festival

      When Idaho legislator Curtis Bowers wrote a "Letter to the Editor" about the drastic changes in America's culture, it became the feature story on the evening news, people protested at the capitol, and for weeks the local newspapers were filled with responses. He realized then that he'd hit on something.

      It's not just another con-spiracy theory. It's a well-documented agenda.

      Ask almost anyone and you will hear, "Communism is dead! The Berlin wall came down." But although the word "communism" has fallen out of favor, Marxism continues to have a powerful influence upon our nation, as this new film quickly reveals. Join Bowers for a fascinating look at the people and groups that have successfully targeted America's morality and freedom in their effort to grind America down.

      Just wondering if anybody here has seen the movie????

      Looks like it might give us insite into the Liberals.

      Any Liberals here see the movie yet?

      January 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  3. Dixie Independent voter

    Doing things for others is a gift to yourself. When you're going through the drive up ask what the folks behind you ordered. If you can afford it, pay for them, too. A small example of how to put a smile on their face and yours.

    January 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      @DixieIndependant

      Instead of paying for the people behind you because you WANT to,,,

      NOW,
      YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR ME AND ALL THE OTHER LOSERS!

      Yup, now tell me how it feels!

      If the Government takes your money and gives it to others, what is the difference when a Thug takes your money and gives it to others?

      I may want your money and give it to Rich folks like the Rich at Solyndra, or to Illegals, or to give Million Dollar Bonuses to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or to the Democrat National Convention Crooks,,,,

      The only difference is, is that the Government CAN TAKE YOUR MONEY, legally, and without your protests,,,, Just Take YOUR MONEY!

      January 18, 2012 at 12:19 am |
  4. AMERICA 1st

    Why is my tax dollars being wasted on parties for a dead man? My tax dollars can be better used by taking care of our troops coming back from that stupidity in iraq. Kings been dead for 44 years. Time to move on to more important issues!

    January 16, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • jean2009

      "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." – George Santayana " "Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason Vol. 1" Remembering that lesson is worth our tax dollars.

      January 16, 2012 at 4:15 pm |
    • jerry R

      Remembering the past..... Are we better off today than we were 44 years ago? Unless your age 63 or so, or older, you would not know. I'm old enough to know and I will tell you we are not....is this country better off because of affirmative action reformation and all that? Probably not. Reading these posts for several years I've come to the realization many of the posts are from young ill informed people who have been indoctrinated into left wing thinking....to be blunt, they are ignorant.. It amazes me who we hold up to be heroes in our country today... and, no wonder the country in on the precipice of total destruction.

      January 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
      • Trace

        Jerry R, I feel you are "R" one of those people that speak about in our congregation...." there is nothing worse than an Old Fool"

        I mean no disrespect and I'm not calling you a fool, but you cover every metric to which they were alluding.

        January 17, 2012 at 10:18 am |
      • jean2009

        I am 76, and yes it is much better today. I was born in the depths of the worst depression, lived through – WWII, the the stupidity of McCarthy era, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War, etc, etc. and have seen this country make real progress forward to build the world we have today. Anyone who can't see that progress has no doubt been living in his mother's basement for the last 44 years.

        January 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • 1FreeWorld

        @Jean2009

        2011 (year of our Lord) – 76 (years Old) = 1935 (Date of Birth)

        Ooops, you were born after the great depression!
        (it is a math problem, it is ok,,, nobody grades on math anymore).

        Ok, maybe you were still depressed.

        You have seen the FRUITS of Capitalism!

        Never had a Radio, got a Radio!
        Never had a B/W TV, got a B/W TV!
        Never had a Fan to cool you down, got a Fan!
        Never had A/C to cool you down, got an A/C!
        Never had Parents or other Family Members that were successful and had money before you, All your Children are successful and have money!
        Never had a Telephone, 8-track, Personal Computer, DVDs, Casset Players, iPod, Lap Top, iPad, Cell Phone, 4-G, etc,, Now have them and trashed the old technology!

        So where has Capitalism gone wrong?

        Oh, I know, you don't have a Mecedes or any of the other Non-Union Made Cars?????

        Time to get rid of the Unions!

        January 18, 2012 at 12:00 am |
  5. OBAMA2012

    AMERICA 1ST......IDIOT!! WHEN YOUR DEAD AND GONE I HOPE NOBODY CAN REMEMBER YOUR STUPIDITY.

    January 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  6. Joey

    Too bad the monument was made in China. There's be plenty of American black sculptors that could have done it.

    January 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • jean2009

      Actually you are wrong.

      It is made of a 150 pieces of pink granite shipped from China to Baltimore, MD and was carved by Chinese sculpture Lei Yixin and a team of 150 sculptures, at the site of the memorial. Technically, therefore it is made in America. The design was selected by the King family.

      You may also remember that Maya Ying Lin who designed the Vietnam Wall, although American, was of Chinese descent, and there was controversy over her selection.

      January 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  7. AMERICA 1st

    Building a statue of a dead man? What a waste of my hardearned tax dollars and sticking it in a place that had been reserved for presidents! Whats up with that garbage? What a gross misuse of my tax dollars!

    January 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
    • jean2009

      @America Idiot
      You are dumber than a skillet, also probably a racist moron. Do you ever research anything before you post utter nonsense and lies?

      The memorial was built using national and international donations to the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Foundation Fund.

      January 16, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • jerry R

      hahahah

      January 16, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
      • jean2009

        If you would like to donate here is the information:

        http://www.mlkmemorial.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=hkIUL9MVJxE&b=1601411&ct=5830381

        http://www.mlkmemorial.org/

        https://secure.mlkmemorial.org/site/c.hkIUL9MVJxE/b.1233001/k.97A9/Online_Donations/apps/ka/sd/donor.asp?c=hkIUL9MVJxE&b=1233001&en=5oLzGINjF4KIJSP

        January 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm |
  8. AMERICA 1st

    Lets put up a statue of pewee herman next to it! LMAO

    January 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
    • jean2009

      Does Pee Wee Herman have a foundation fund? Otherwise you go ahead and laugh whatever you want to off...if it is your head that wouldn't be a big loss, since it seems to be empty.

      January 16, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
    • jerry R

      what King did in terms of abusing women and ladies of the night can't really be compared to what Pee Wee Herman did in a public theater.... but get your point...hahah

      January 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  9. AMERICA 1st

    Lets stick a statue of YOSIMITE SAM next to that of the dead man. itd be something the children would enjoy looking at!

    January 16, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  10. AMERICA 1st

    Pewee Herman for POTUS! LMAO!

    January 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      Peewee Herman would make a better Preisdent
      than the Illegal Squatter in the White House now.

      The Illegal Squatter is 1/2 British Subject (Barack Sr.) and 1/2 from the Expatriated Mother (that married an Indonesian and had Barry adopted into a Muslim FAMILY).

      PeeWee may not be a Natural Born Citizen either,,,

      Can PeeWee show us a Photoshopped Birth Certificate?

      Go figure!

      A.B.O. = Anybody but Obama!

      (PeeWee might not be able to run for President due to his ADOPTIONS and his Heritage!)

      January 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
      • WIMPY38

        Dude! Sounds like you need to ge laid.

        January 17, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
  11. AMERICA 1st

    Rosie Odonnell as FLOTUS! HAW HAW HAW

    January 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      You are sounding like that Liberal, Alynski, Radio Talk Show Host!

      Are you Randi Rhodes in Drag?

      America is going to SHELLACK Harry Reid, Webb and Warner from Virginia, Nelson from Florida, Nelson from Nebraska, Debbie wasserman-Shultz from Florida, Scott Brown from that stinky seat in Mass, Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, and all the other Commies.

      Oh Harry? Coumo is opening the NEW LAS VEGAS in NEW YORK! What happenes in NY will Stay in NY!

      Hope you guys can get the Rich to come to Nevada,,, they are not close and are moving to Texas!

      Florida may be opening a New Las Vegas! They are not a UNION STATE,,, so more will go to the State and help the Poor!

      January 16, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • jean2009

      Rosie would be a better choice than the Donald.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  12. AMERICA 1st

    A skid row drunk would make a better prez than whats in there now!

    January 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • 1FreeWorld

      A Mexican Drug Runner would be a better prez than wHousHinee! PERIOD!

      They know how to promote business and keep the Government out of, and the Commies out of,
      Their and YOUR Business!

      I do not agree with Drug Running,,, they are just into the Market System.

      Maybe we can get the Mexican Government to Instruct Barry on what he needs to do!

      Ooops, the Mexican government has been neutered by the Drug Runners!

      Better support Immagration Control and Border Control!

      And then support the Free Market System!

      January 16, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
      • jean2009

        What a pitiful excuse for humanity the three of you are, a waste of American space. You jerky R and Amoronic1st should find a deserted island where you could be happy together.

        January 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  13. Jasmine

    This Statue Made For That"Dead Man" May Be WORTHLESS And Stupid To You But To Me As A Black American Makes Me Proud. We Have Come So Far Since Then And Look We Now Have A Black President Who Has A Different Appreciation For Dr.Martin Luther King. So While You Guys Are Complaing About Your Hard Earned Tax Dollars Being Spent Stupidly Just Shut Up Because This Means Something To Some People. -.-

    January 16, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
  14. george of the jungle

    to bad so many really disgusting people have written on this post. MLK was great man ,flawed maybe, but he did bring about change. Do we need more change? Yes as you can see by the comments submitted here. Hopefully when the next generation grows up things will have improved even more. The atrical was about service. What did you do today to help humanity???

    January 17, 2012 at 12:15 am |
  15. m

    Flawed is an understatement. Too bad he was killed then we wouldn't be celebrating MLK.

    January 17, 2012 at 12:59 am |
  16. Trace

    Wow...this has become the KKK, knuckle dragger, trailer trash, sister dating forum. The stupidity and racism displayed here is nothing short of astounding.

    The funny thing about all this open racism behind a keyboard is that the authors are cowards. Today you couldn't go in public and say this kind of stuff about someone like Dr. King. But these people muster up enough courage to do it here. Amazing

    January 17, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • jean2009

      Oh Trace, that is not courage they mustered it is pure despicable small-minded hatred floating up from the dregs of humanity. In truth they are a bunch of ignorant pantie-waist cowards.

      January 17, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  17. aj

    and that's the bottom line.........

    January 17, 2012 at 11:28 am |
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