Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Power of a Photo

This photo, shot by Pablo Martinez Monsivais of the Associated Press, appeared today on the cover of USA Today. Barack Obama hugged Tammy Duckworth yesterday morning in Chicago after a wreath laying ceremony at Bronze Soldiers Memorial in honor of Veteran's Day. Duckworth, 40, is an Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient who lost both of her legs in 2004 when the Black Hawk helicopter she was co-piloting was hit by a grenade. She chose to fly helicopters because it was one of the few combat jobs open to women. Duckworth is also the director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs. She is on the short list of people to replace Obama in the U.S. Senate.