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Farewell to President Obama

This is my farewell to the presidency of Barack Hussein Obama, a man that upheld the dignity and responsibility of the presidency of the United States for eight years. You did it against tough odds and against a Congress that fought you tooth and nail on every front. Even when you were advocating some of the same things that they supported before you took office, they found a way to find fault and work against you. Yet at the same time they said they loved this nation and were doing it for the people.

Mr. President, you stood firm when the media took all type of shots at you from your birthright, your religion, your heritage and other nasty ways to denigrate you and even your wife Michelle. Yet you stood firm and maintained the high road.

Mr. President, you even had to face grief from your fellow African-Americans, some of whom wanted you to be militant, confrontational and tell your detractors where to stick it. You knew better that wasn’t the way to approach the situation. You kept your cool and worked your plan.

Mr. President, you successfully passed the landmark health care legislation, brought the country back from the brink of a possible economic collapse, reduced unemployment, helped to save many of the major automotive companies and served during the period that saw some of the greatest gains in the stock market. You eliminated several terrorist threats such as Osama bin Laden and Muammar Gaddafi, you opened relationships with Cuba, implemented the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 and tackled many other issues. You did all of this despite the wall of resistance that came from the other party. Just think what the country could have achieved if the others had just met you half way in the spirit of compromise and cooperation for the betterment of the nation.

Most of all you made many of my fellow African-Americans and other proud in the way that you did it with class, grace, perseverance, humor and respect to those opposing you. You showed us how a black man treats his wife and family with love, respect and honor. I don’t know what the next four years of the presidency will bring but judging from the first few months, I doubt seriously that it will be at the level of sincerity that you displayed during your tenure. I wish you well in your return to civilian life and I’m sure you will continue to be an inspiration to us all.

© Copyright 2017.
Memphis Vaughan, Jr.
Editor and Publisher, TimBookTu

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