8 years ago, with my second-born in my belly, I watched history being made…and I cried. I will never forget the overwhelming pride and hope that I felt, as our newly elected president delivered his victory speech in my own backyard. That I would raise my child under this nation’s first black president, was a testament to how far we’d come and how much further we would continue to go. We were all in this together.
Tonight I watched our president deliver his farewell address, again here in Chicago…and again I cried, but these are much different tears.
Thank you President Obama for your 8 years of service to our country.
Thank you for your dignity and grace in the face of
ruthless criticism and unprecedented obstruction.
Thank you for your resolve and strength in taking on the economic free fall that you inherited.
Thank you for being an advocate for women, the LGBT comminity, and minorities, and for your optimism in the fight for equal rights.
Thank you for your kindness, your empathy, and your charisma…..and for that time you called Kanye a jackass.
I don’t think we’ll see a president of your caliber for a long time and certainly not in the next four years, but your legacy will far outlast whatever is about to come. Well done and Godspeed!