Thanks, Obama

Nine years ago this month I registered to vote. I was twenty years old and had never voted before because I had never really wanted to. That changed when a certain senator from Illinois announced his candidacy for President of the United States. I registered, I knocked on doors, I hung signs in my windows, I walked around my college campus with a clipboard full of voter registration forms - and if you know me at all you know that a lot of those things are way beyond my comfort zone - I rallied, and I voted. 

I believed.


Today is very emotional for me and my feelings about it are very personal, so I wasn't sure if I was going to address it here or not, but I didn't want to let it slip by without saying a few words of thanks.

Thanks, Obama. Thanks for giving hope to an entire generation, hope for change, hope that right will prevail over wrong, hope that we are moving forward and not backward. Without your victory eight years ago - a strong sign for many of us that we are on the right side of history -  I'm not sure I would have any hope that love will trump hate over the next four years. Even if I had nothing else from the last 8 years to be thankful for, at least I can be thankful for that.

5 comments :

  1. well said. i wasn't here for this, but i did love watching from the other side of the world. i wish i had more to say except yes, high five, hugs and i wish he could stay.

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  2. How heart felt is this. I think with every President, there are ups & downs & I think Obama is totally leaving a legacy behind that will go down in history books as inspiring a new generation of voters. That is wonderful. I have to say, I'm going to miss Michelle more than anything. I think she was just the BEST First Lady.

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  3. Every time I hear Obama's name lately, I kind of want to cry. So many feelings!

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  4. i can't think about it without tearing up. are you participating in a march on Saturday? the idea that.. most of the nation sees trump for the jack ass that he is has been giving me comfort in recent days. can't wait for the election in two years and already SO damn ready for the election in 4.

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  5. Very well said. This is the ultimate "changing of the guard" and it's very scary. I have to hope that Trump will prevail because the alternative is even more terrifying (if that's possible). But these last 8 years... so proud to be an American.

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