I’ll start this post by sharing my Facebook status from 5.07pm yesterday, as that abominable man came to power.
But this post isn’t about him. It’s about the departing First Family. Because that’s what they are. Barack’s reign wasn’t just about him. It was about a bigger picture. His wife. His kids. He truly was a President to be revered and respected.
Yes there are statistics around how much he increased national debt, and how many bombs he dropped (uncertified, BTW). But we have to remember that we’re not comparing like with like. Every Presidency is different and faces different challenges than the one before it.
Besides, the measure of a man is not just his leadership skills. It’s his emotions, connections with people, and grace. Barack was the first President to have access to Twitter (which should, by the way, be repealed now the orange moron is in charge. Someone put parental locks on and change his password, please!) He came across as likable, intelligent and real. His “bromance” with VP Joe Biden was heartwarming; and the fact that he referred to it in the latter days of his presidency, as he awarded him the Medal of Freedom, was fantastic.
I love this video. I truly believe he’s a husband first, and doing a job second.
Barack and Michelle ooze love and respect.
I said it earlier in this post, but he’s real. A real person, with a real sense of humour, real wife and kids, and real emotions. He cares. Being President wasn’t a personal victory for him. It wasn’t a popularity contest. Can we assume the same about the new guy?
(sorry, I forgot, it’s not about him)
So here’s to you, lovely Obamas. And your children. And your legacy. You’ve done good. So good.
And now it’s time to go backwards again (dammit! I can’t help myself!)
Thanks, as always, for reading! x