I’ve harshly criticized President Obama over what I perceive to be timidity in his agenda for the change he promised. His coddling of Bush-era war crimes makes him a participant in those crimes. Let no one mistake how much it hurts me to my soul to say that, and this picture explains why. The hope he promised is in that little boy’s face and all the little girls and boys to whom he’ll recount the story.

I hope going forward he has the true courage to appeal to our better nature and not merely to appease its darkest elements in the name of consensus. For the sake of that little boy and those he will pass his time with on this little rock circling the sun