Dear President Obama,
This is a tradition I started with the last guy. I wrote for a small magazine in Seattle that has long since gone belly-up and my first article was an open farewell letter to Bush. I look forward to writing another one of these in four years.
Unlike the last guy, I actually have positives in this one, and I am beyond sad to see you go. While I haven’t agreed with everything you’ve done, I’d rather have you be President everyday until the end of time as opposed to one day of the Trump Administration. Most of the country echoes this sentiment, and you will be sorely missed.
Of course, you were not perfect. The drone strikes, which while I understand the principle of avoiding boots on the ground was nonetheless excessive. Speaking of excessive, your response to whistle-blowers and the manner in which you embraced mass surveillance was so, not to mention it contradicted the wide-eyed Senator this nation fell in love with. While I can understand you’re tired, your response to DAPL and the water protectors was at best pathetic. Finally, I wish you would’ve done more those first two years with a Democratic stronghold, you had an opportunity to be a more FDR-like leader and instead you chose to reach across the aisle. But, I understand you were never that guy, you have and always have been a Moderate. Truth be told I didn’t even support you in the ’08 Primary. I was pulling for Dennis Kucinich.
Regardless, I voted for you twice. I’m proud that I did, and I’d do it again. You have, overall, done an impressive job with the economy. We’ve made historic progress in regards to Gay Rights, and you passed a health care plan that while flawed, will be a catalyst towards a Universal system, and you confirmed in your interview on the WTF Podcast that you knew full well that would be its purpose. Net Neutrality, Chelsea Manning…in both cases you did the right thing.
Thank you. You are a man of integrity, a man of respect, and you’ve got pretty impressive delivery.
When Donald Trump came to the White House you looked him in the eye and shook his hand. He looked down like the coward he is. That photo flooded the Internet, as it should have. You are this country’s first black president. A country where, as we know especially as of recent, racism is alive and well. The most hateful and racist movement against you was the birther movement. The fact that you had to greet the face of that movement as a successor was beyond cruel irony, and if I were in your shoes I can guarantee I would not have been able to display the same humility or courage. I would think about my wife, my daughters, and I would’ve refused to have even been in the same room with him.
Instead, you confronted your bully. That was your final lesson to we the people. In one photo opportunity you exposed a coward, and that coward and those that follow him will not defeat us.
Thank you Obama. Thank you for your service, for your leadership, for your wisdom and for finally getting college football to have playoffs. I know you had nothing to do with that, but people who dislike you really hate it when we give you undeserved credit. It’s quite amusing.
All the best,
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