It seems I just stepped back into the blogging world and already I am taking a hiatus…not planned, just other thoughts and activities have swirled around me lately. Since my aha moment several weeks ago that I haven’t done enough to further causes I believe in, I decided to change all that. Staying informed and researching volunteer opportunities is what has occupied my time.
I recently watched a program highlighting Barack Obama’s presidency and was reminded again of all that he accomplished for us, the American people, while under constant scrutiny and resistance from so many in Congress, whose main goal was to thwart anything he wanted to accomplish. And tomorrow this man of unwavering courage and compassion, President Obama, will step away from public office and a new regime takes the helm, one so much different from him that it is difficult to wrap my head around. But this post isn’t about my anxiety or fear for our future, and there is much, but rather a heartfelt farewell to a leader whom I will miss terribly.
So to you, President Obama, here are a few of my thoughts:
My heart is heavy as I write this. I cannot believe that your eight years as the leader of our country is drawing to a close. In many ways it has sped by, but at times for you and your family it must have felt like an eternity.
As a white woman I see that there has been some progress made on the racial divide in this country but at times when you faced obstacles moving issues forward, I wondered and suspected that the racial divide played a role, and for that I am deeply embarrassed. Even so, these impediments seemed only to propel you forward more urgently, always with the vision of making our lives better.
I believe so many of us sensed, from that moment as we watched 1.8 million people lined up on a frigid January day along the National Mall, anxiously awaiting the inauguration of our 44th President, that this was a ground-breaking moment that we would forever look back upon with reverence, and I will.
Your speeches, always charged with emotion, so powerful, so eloquent, gave me hope. You were not afraid to show your vulnerability, particularly after tragic events in our country.
The Sandy Hook tragedy, when so many young, innocent children lost their lives, seemed a weight almost too great for you to bear, yet you stood before us, tears wetting your face, bolstering us. When you stood at the podium and sang “Amazing Grace” after the Charleston church shooting, your grace and compassion shone through above all else. These are images I will forever carry. During these moments I felt we had a glimpse into your soul, the incredible man that you are.
Your vision has always been one of unity and the intense desire to ease our burdens. You know far better than any of us that your work is far from over, so it is now incumbent upon us to keep your vision alive.
When John Lewis, civil-rights icon, recently spoke about you, he said you “never gave up, never gave in…and kept moving ahead”. Now it is up to us to carry that torch.
Farewell to you President Obama, and your lovely, courageous First Lady and family. We will miss you terribly and we will be forever grateful for having you as our leader these past eight years.
Yes you did, and yes, we can.
Note: All photos in this post courtesy of google search.