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Thu April 19, 2012
President Obama sits in the Rosa Parks bus
This photo of President Barack Obama sitting on the Rosa Parks Bus at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn is making the rounds on Facebook today.
WDIV's Guy Gordon posted the photo, saying:
No matter your politics, a compelling picture of the President at Henry Ford Museum yesterday. An emotional moment for him. A nexus of history. — at Henry Ford Museum.
Mr. Obama was in Dearborn yesterday for a fundraiser at the museum and then later at a private dinner hosted by Denise Ilitch.
The Detroit Free Press reports Obama described his visit to supporters:
"I actually had the chance to sit in Rosa Parks' bus," Obama said. "I just sat there for a moment and pondered the courage and tenacity that is part of our very recent history, but is also a part of that long line of folks -- sometimes nameless, oftentimes didn't make the history books -- but who constantly insisted on their dignity, their stake in the American Dream."
The bus was brought to the Henry Ford Museum in 2001 after the Museum outbid others, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.
Obama is sitting across the aisle from where Ms. Parks sat on that historic day in 1955.
Here's more on how the bus was found and restored.