The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.

Barack Obama, President of the United States


Do you remember the day that Obama won the election?  I do.  Myself, along with many others were overjoyed and, yes, even crying at the level of history that was happening before us.  This man with a great smile and strong features took the podium more than once to let us know that as a nation we could come together and rebuild and renew.  In his own words….YES WE CAN!

As I cried in the beginning, I now shed a tear at the end of an eight year run that has seen many unique changes.  He withstood countless attacks against his character, his family and his upbringing.  He learned more about his family in Africa and made the citizens feel like family. The style, the swagger, the cool demeanor were just a part of this man.  He adored his wife and children.  He remained very matter of fact when in front of the camera and when traveling the world.  

We watched his daughters, Malia and Sasha transform before our very eyes with beauty and grace.  We adored First Lady Michelle Obama take us threw affordable fashion and high fashion and being a mom thru it all.  FLOTUS brought a style and grace to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave that will be sorely missed.  She taught us to be active, live healthy and that you can stand thru it all.  We have watched them sing, dance, tell jokes, party, go out on dates and most of all be the parents their children needed and the leaders we admired.  We learned along with the First Family.  We were giving the chance to actually come face to face with him and have a real conversation.  He never left any of us out.  He embraced all cultures and the babies loved him too!  It was fun using the abbreviations of POTUS AND FLOTUS and the fact that everyone knew who we were talking about.


Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barak Obama


President Barack Obama is joined by his First Lady Michelle Obama and his daughter Malia after giving his presidential farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

U.S. President Barack Obama is joined onstage by Vice President Joe Biden after his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

What can we take away from the last 8 years?  There is too much to name.  During his farewell speech, he touched on many points but for me what stood out was his dedication to his wife, his daughters and his friend, Vice President Joe Biden.  I truly appreciated the time that was taken to give credit where credit was due.  Thank you sir for your service to our country, your dedication to family and your ability to make us all feel right at home.  I for one will miss you and your cantor and your get it done way!  You embraced me without even really knowing me and you gave me a reason to know that all was well in the White House.  YES WE CAN because  YES YOU DID!