Monday, July 19, 2010

O beautiful for spacious skies ...

Originally uploaded by The White House
I spent my Fourth this year with Dad. We went to a fireworks show out in the desert in California with a country rock band starting the festivities. Lots of patriotism and nods to freedom. But as the crowds headed to the parking lot, the loudspeakers broadcast Ray Charles' America The Beautiful over our heads and I finally felt the true power of the evening.

Far away on another coast, our beautiful first couple was communing beneath the same colorful sky. I love this photo and the fine sensibility that Pete Souza brings to his photography.--ams

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