To interpret the MLK Day photo op on behalf of the White House public relations team:
"The Rev Dr Martin Luther King, Jr repeatedly risked his life and ultimately lost it to promote community service projects. He was really a nice guy with a quaint but timely message that we all need to remember."
Thanks to you, White House pr types, for the warm and fuzzy story that will inspire my gift of a can of beans to my local food bank. And here I thought Dr King was calling us to be the cutting edge of risky, conflict ridden political change.