Thank You President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
On November 4, 2008 I wept in my bed while my three year old daughter slept beside me. You were elected the 44th president of the United States. Despite constant scrutiny and criticism you ran your campaign on hope and change and spoke to me in a way no other presidential candidate ever had. I looked at you and saw me. Not just in color. But in values of family, progress and community. I voted for your family, for what you stood for: progress not perfection. Change we can believe in.
Today, I celebrate you. Your legacy. Your passion. Your integrity.
I’ve watched your family blossom. I’ve watched your calm and resilience in the face of devastation. Your humor and resolve. You both continually inspire me to strive for more. In myself and in my community. Through your compassion and authenticity you have opened your arms and hearts to the world allowing me to feel part of your journey – our journey. Through the good, the bad and the nasty. I applaud you for choosing to rise above on so many occassons. Going high I’m sure wasn’t easy, but showed your character time and time again.
For many of her younger years my now 11 year old daughter would refer to you as “Uncle Obama” and while I giggled every time she said it, it was a clear reminder of your reach. You have been a President for the people. For all people. Without using arrogance or being nasty and disrespectful, you’ve been absolute class acts and I am proud that my daughter and my future child, have you two as role models regardless of your no longer living in The White House.
My heart is full of gratitude, love and hope.
With Admiration and Deep Respect,