6 Thank You's For President Obama

6 Thank You's For President Obama

You'll always be our president.

Over the course of the past eight years, we have witnessed a president lead a divided nation into the history books. For many millennials, he has not only been a leader, but a role model. As his final day in office nears, I wanted to thank him for eight great years of service.

Dear President Obama:

It seems like it was only yesterday that I was watching your historic 2009 inauguration. I watched in awe as you recited the Oath of Office and officially became our 44th president. I knew that I was in the midst of watching a historic moment, but I didn't know how much that moment would impact me until much later. I knew then that you would make history, but your place in history has defined many aspects of my generation. You are the "People's President," and I cannot express enough gratitude for your administration over the past eight years. I wanted to write this letter to thank you for your incredible eight years as Commander in Chief.

Thank you for being the first preisdent to openly support LGBTQIA rights.

I know many people who rely on Obamacare as a primary source of insurance. I am fearful for the coming months as Republicans attempt to repeal this great system that you helped to implement. By doing so, you helped Americans who once had no way of going to the doctor to get help. This will help define your future legacy.

Thank you for sharing Michelle with the world

Michelle Obama was a First Lady that carried herself with class. Like the First Ladies before her, she too made her impact, whether that be on education, welfare of the people, or serving as the BFOTPOTUS (Best friend of the President of the United States) Thank you for allowing her to shine in her own spotlight over the past eight years, and giving us a glimpse into your life with her.

Thank you for your bromance with Joe Biden.

Thank you for being the approachable president.

It is hard for me to relate with our president elect, but regardless of politics, it was easy for the majority of Americans to relate with you. You never frayed from showing your genuine self as you approached the negativity and criticism and you did so in a respectful manner.

Thank you for the way you took criticism.

You took criticism and handled it with class. Policies that others may not have liked made you passionate, yet you were not disrespectful. In the future, I hope that my future children can turn to you as an example of how to get knocked down and bounce back up again, a lesson that you have taught us many times over during your two terms.

President Obama, you have made an impermeable impact on my life and I am so proud to have called you my president for the past eight years. I know that you will do your best to serve as a citizen among the rest of us, but to me, you will always be "Mr. President."

Thank you, and God Bless America,

Emily Rasch

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Our Leaders Need A 'Time-Out'

We all learned a few essential rules as children.


As I look watch the news, I can't help but wonder if the lessons we learned as children might not serve our leaders well. They seem to have forgotten these basic lessons. I am reminded of the book by Robert Fulghum "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten."

Watch out, hold hands, and stick together.

I think this could be useful in a couple of different contexts. First, the current divisiveness in the country doesn't serve us well. We are first and foremost, a part of the family of humankind. Differences in politics, religion, and so on come in far behind that one important attribute. What happened to the notion of agreeing to disagree?

Second, when leaders get off a plane in another country, they should remember who they came with and who they represent - "watch out, hold hands, and stick together."

Clean up your own mess.

Trump seems to take great pleasure in blaming everyone else for their "mess." The government shutdown was someone else's fault – any Democrat. When the stock market went up, he happily took credit, but when it went down, he quickly shifted gears and placed the blame on the Federal Reserve Chairman. Daily and hourly tweets out of the White House place blame on someone else for his "mess." Sadly, he still likes to blame Obama and Hillary for his mess.

Don't lie.

Politicians have always had a bad reputation when it comes to honesty. Still, the number of lies that we hear from Trump (and members of his staff) is unprecedented even for a politician.

We all learned these lessons when we were little more than five years old. Now more than any time in history I think our leaders need a " time out" to re-learn these lessons.

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