Obama Sits, Reflects on Rosa Parks Bus

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

At a campaign fundraiser earlier today at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, President Obama had a chance to sit and reflect inside the old Montgomery, Ala., bus on which Rosa Parks made history.

"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 told donors at a subsequent event in suburban Detroit, according to a print pool reporter on scene.

The personal moment for Obama at the Ford Museum was not captured by White House press corps photographers, who were kept on the sidelines of the event.