Obama Rosa Parks seat photo goes viral, earns mixed reactions (Photo)

By on Dec 3, 2012 in International, Lifestyle, Politics, United States Comments

The so-called ‘Obama Rosa Parks seat‘ photo, as shown below, is now going viral and earning mixed reactions on social sites particularly on Twitter. Parks, an African-American civil rights activist, was called by the US Congress as “the first lady of civil rights” and “the mother of the freedom movement.”

“Today is the 57th Anniversary of the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Pic: President Obama on Rosa Parks bus.” The White House (@whitehouse) tweeted on Saturday, December 1, 2012; 57 years after Parks did not obey Montgomery Bus driver James F. Blake‘s instruction to give her seat to a white passenger.

The “Obama Rosa Parks seat” photo was taken during a fundraising trip on April 18, 2012 at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, where the bus currently sits. That day, President Barack Obama sat on the same row where Parks sat on December 1, 1955 and was arrested, but on the opposite side.

“I just sat in there for a moment and pondered the courage and tenacity that is part of our very recent history but is also part of that long line of folks who sometimes are nameless, oftentimes didn’t make the history books, but who constantly insisted on their dignity, their share of the American dream.” Obama was quoted that day.

According to ABC News that time, the personal moment for President Obama at the Ford Museum was not captured by White House press corps photographers, who were kept on the sidelines of the event. Nevertheless, it earned mixed reactions just like it did recently, and below are some of them.

“I thought the idea was that he posted this to show that he went to sit on the bus she did, and to show that in his mind it was a meaningful thing to do. Not replace her, or whatever it is, just go and sit there out of respect.” Fey Lovecraft wrote as comment to the MSN report also last Saturday.

“I view it as President Obama saying “Thank you” to Rosa Parks. That without her, and the other leaders of the civil rights movement, he (nor any person of color) would not be in the position he is in today.” Greg Roberts wrote.

“Just when you think President Obama‘s impossibly large ego can’t grow further, he makes it happen!” A Twitchy.com staff wrote on his post on Saturday, December 2, with his blog post titled “Narcissist in chief: President Obama honors Rosa Parks anniversary with picture of himself”

“Breaking: White House orders NASA to rename 7th planet “Obamanus”. ~ #MalignantNarcissism #RosaParksDay #YouDidntBuildThat” Adam Baldwin (@AdamsBaldwin) tweeted.

“@whitehouse God Bless Rosa Parks! Too bad she would be embarrassed by the idiot in her seat.” Buckeye Mike (@BuckeyeMike1) tweeted.

Obama Rosa Parks seat
US President Barack Obama, sitting on the bus where Rosa Parks sat on December 1, 1955
Image Credit: Pete Souza/White House Twitter

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