This is a blog that needs no references. It needs no "professionalism". It needs no one else's approval or thumbs up. This blog post is for ME and letting the world know that I am grateful to the President Barack Obama and his wife, our distinguished First Lady, Michelle Obama. Sigh....where do I start? Let me go back to 2008. It was my sixth time voting. I remember this election was different than any other I had ever voted in.
I remember the excitement seeing a family who resembled mine, running for the highest office in the world and thinking "Is this REAL?" I didn't plan on voting for you based solely on the fact that you would be the first African-American President EVER. My husband and I listened to the campaign promises and the message of hope. After the previous eight years of feeling hopeless, I sensed this would be the election that would change this country for the better and move us forward, breaking down barriers.
As I headed to the polls, I cast for my vote, went home and anxiously awaited the results, biting almost all of my nails off in the process. Then the news: "Barack Obama has won the Presidency of the United States." I think I almost fainted. I know I screamed and ran through every square foot of my home with husband and children chasing me down. I couldn't believe that our country had progressed so much that we now had our first African American President! WHAT??!
Over the next four years, my euphoria had turned into shock and dismay as I watched a Congress attempt to block every measure you tried to implement to help Americans. Not because they were "bad ideas", but merely because they wanted you to fail. They did not want the first African American President to be successful. They wanted you to fall on your face so they could say "See, we told you!"
You spoke out against the senseless deaths of Black citizens across this country by police. They called you "anti-cop." You refused to blame all Muslims for the actions of those misusing the religion of Islam to perpetuate violence in its name. They called you a "terrorist" and "Anti-American." You were the only sitting President who was required to show a birth certificate to prove your citizenship, even then, they called it "forged."
They talked about you beautiful wife, your beautiful daughters for no other reason than they were Black like you. Your entire family has exuded nothing but grace and kindness in the face of such hatred and ignorance. They did everything in their power to make sure you remembered that you were a Black man and that you could never be successful or more intelligent the. They made memes and posters and effigies of you hanging and burning, all the while trying to convince us that "We're not racist."
But while I speak on the racist faction of this country, let me not forget to address the ones in our own community who for some reason, thought that your Presidency meant that you were here only to serve "us." Those who thought things for our communities were going to change as if you had a magic wand. As if your power was enough to change an entire system that has always marginalized us. Yes, you by yourself Mr. President, was expected to single-handedly, change a centuries old system within eight years.
I may not have agreed with everything you have done. I may even feel a little more could have been done. But one thing I can say without blinking an eye is that you sir, along with your beautiful wife, did the absolute BEST that you could do with the cards you were dealt. You endured eight years of the ugliest this country has to offer. You have been thrown bricks of racism even while holding the most powerful position in the world while people say it doesn't exist BECAUSE your were in this position.
I have watched you and your entire family "go high when they went low." I have watched First Lady Michelle pour her heart out for the people of this country and do so with style, class and a realness personified. I have watched your Sasha and Malia grow up before my eyes from two little girls thrown into a crazy world of politics, into two elegant young ladies with good heads on their shoulders and a future so bright, it could dim the sun.
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