Thank You, Mr. President

OREGON–(ENEWSPF)–November 25, 2016

By Susan Grigsby

January 21, 2009

Thank you, President Obama.

You rarely said what I wanted to hear, but you always told me what I needed to know.

Thank you for once again, making me proud to be an American.

For addressing me always as an adult and assuming that I could understand words of multiple syllables. And concepts that require more than a single sound bite or 140 characters to explain.

For restoring America’s place as a respected leader among the other nations of the earth.

Thank you for sharing your family with us. And for allowing us to watch the fine example you and your wife have set in how to raise our children. For letting us see them grow from young girls to young women of poise and promise.

President Barack Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, First Lady Michelle Obama and Marian Robinson react as they push the button to light the National Christmas Tree during a ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 2010.

December 9, 2010

First Lady Michelle Obama, with Deb Eschmeyer, Executive Director of "Let

October 6, 2016

Thank you for bringing Michelle Obama to the White House. Not since Jackie Kennedy have we seen a first lady as glamorous as your wife. But she didn’t stop at glamorous, instead getting her hands dirty while showing us how to harvest the riches of our land without destroying it.

She worked tirelessly to help us and our children, and has become an ideal for so many young girls. A woman of strength and charm, of pride and gravitas. A woman who valiantly and eloquently fought against the misogyny that was a pillar of the recent Republican campaign. A woman for all of us to emulate.

First Lady Michelle Obama reacts while talking on the phone to children across the country as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program. Mrs. Obama answered phone calls from Kailua, Hawaii, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

December 24, 2015

Thank you for the high ethical standards you have set: for running a scandal-free administration in the midst of one of the greatest economic threats this nation has ever faced. You and your team has served our nation well.

President Barack Obama speaks with staff in the Oval Office, Nov. 9, 2016.

November 9, 2016

And you did it all in the face of a Congress determined to obstruct any recovery—happily willing to watch our country fail rather than see you succeed. Thank you for patiently dealing with that obstructionist Congress. For remaining calm and gracious when civilized standards of behavior were violated. Repeatedly. President Barack Obama jokes with Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office, Feb. 9, 2015.

Thank you for fighting for the uninsured. The half loaf of the Affordable Care Act has saved thousands of American lives as well as the lifetime savings of those who no longer need fear bankruptcy as the price of health care. It still is a big fucking deal.

Thank you for your good humor and grace which have brought joy to many of us far from the Washington, DC power center.

And thank you for the reminder that some bridges must be crossed and some battles must be fought again and again and again.

We must never stop fighting.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala., March 7, 2015. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson.

March 5, 2015

If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream – and not make dreams your master; If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to broken, And stoop and build ’em up with wornout tools:

If you can fill the unforgiving minute With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run – Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, And – which is more – you’ll be a Man my son!

-Rudyard Kipling


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