Day 57: “A Thousand Words”

160924184552-obamas-and-bushs-nmaahc-sept-24-exlarge-169Photo by Zach Gibson/AFP/Getty Images

When I started this blog almost two months ago, I had no intention of writing about anything political, but this picture changed my mind.

In the midst of seemingly endless racial, religious, political, and socioeconomic tensions across the country, this picture reminds us that we all – black and white, male and female, liberal and conservative – have far more in common with each other than we have differences between us.

So maybe this picture isn’t really about politics at all.

Maybe it’s about respect – and tolerance – and empathy – and understanding.

Or maybe, just maybe, it’s about hope – the hope that we can follow their lead and all come together once again.

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