Well this kind of feels like the end of an era. Maybe that’s because it is.
I have been trying to write this for a few days now, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Probably because I wanted to believe this wasn’t happening. (I have a terrible habit of pushing things I don’t want to deal with to the side. I’m working to get it together, but I’m still not there yet.) I know we can only have a President for 8 years max, but I was hoping we could make some sort of amendment to the constitution, LOL. Ahhh, well!
As a young black woman, I cannot explain what having a family that looked like mine in the White House meant to me. Not only was it important to have an African-American family in the White House, it was important that that family represented the values that were embedded in me through my own parents. It was refreshing to see an intelligent, well-spoken, charismatic, humble, loving, family man in the office who just happened to be Black. Contrary to what some believe, there are so many people in the world who only have one perception of Black Men. With the election of President Obama, it changed that conversation. (At least that I hoped that it would.)
Even with historical nature of his election, I still never thought I would feel so connected to this First Family. Throughout the countless speeches, events and television shows they have done, I felt like they were part of my family. There is something about them that makes you feel like you have known them for years.
Throughout these past 8 years, I have had hope in America. Hope that things will change. Hope that we will continue to move America forward. Hope that the America of the past, was finally the past and could finally right some of her wrongs. For the most part, I think Obama has accomplished a lot of things. I mean, whether people remember or not, we were facing a recession when he took office, and he completely turned that around. I am not going to run down the litany of things he has accomplished (because, let’s be honest, those reading this probably already know, lol), but I will say the United States is a lot better off now, than when he came in office.
Now, let’s be clear, there is no President that you can agree with 100% on every issue. There is not one President that is perfect. In fact, I would argue, part of our jobs as U.S. Citizens is to be critical of the President and hold him/her (because we WILL have a female in office one day) accountable for their actions. Regardless of some policies I may not agree with, or some decisions I didn’t agree with, I can say, undoubtedly, the way Barack Obama has conducted himself throughout these past 8 years, has truly made me PROUD!
So I just want to say, “Thanks Obama!”. Thank you for taking on the weight of the world, yet never losing your cool. Thank you for bringing grace & dignity back to the White House. Thank you for being a mentor to minority boys who are growing up without fathers. Thank you for showing the country that it is OK to show love and affection to your wife. Thank you & Michelle for showing the country the strength of the Black Family. Thank you for stressing the importance of higher education. Thank you for continuing to believe in the good of this country even when facing extreme opposition. Thank you for giving us hope. Thank you for inspiring me & giving me the drive to continue to strive and make a difference in this world. I was rooting for you the whole time, and Mr. President, you did not let me down!
I will forever cherish the 8 years you and Michelle were #POTUS & #FLOTUS! Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!
BTW, you know I can’t end without saying #MyPresidentIsBlack one more time!