Dear Mr. President,
It feels like it was only yesterday that you were voted into office. I remember the day so clearly, waking up on that cold November 4th Tuesday morning, switching on the television to find out that you did what you set out to do! As a black man you made it into the White House and became the most powerful man in the world…something no black man had succeeded in doing. As a black university student I never believed that a black man (especially one who was half Kenyan) would be leader of the free world yet you restored my hope in humanity. I couldn’t stop my tears as I heard your acceptance speech or when I saw Jessie Jackson in the crowd with tears in his eyes, you not only fulfilled your dream but the dreams of many black politicians before you. In my opinion that alone is an accomplishment that many cannot take away from you.
You were not only the most handsome president but also the most charismatic! You knew how to engage a crowd and make everyone feel as though you were speaking to them, you were creative and found a way to relate to everyone. I believe that you were the vessel of hope that many people so desperately needed at that point in time.
For me personally, the poignant moments of your term were when you allowed Jacob Philadelphia to touch the texture of your hair just because he wanted to know whether it felt like his own. An extremely small act but yet left a small piece of hope with that little boy. Mr President you fought and toiled for Obama-Care ensuring that those from the poorest backgrounds had access to health care. This was another confirmation that you were the people’s president!
Your eight years flew by! I some how wish that we could adopt the dictatorship (without the dictator) ideologies of third world countries where leaders stay in power until death, however I know that will defeat the purpose of our democratic society and will go against everything you fought for. So, as unhappy as I am with the President-Elect, I have come to accept his appointment.
Your appointment as President means so much to me now more than ever as I am raising a black boy who will become a black man. Mr Obama, because of you I will teach my son that skin colour should have no limitations to success, I will teach him that integrating in society does not mean losing your norms and values, I will teach him that despite his socio-economic background, he CAN and WILL achieve all things through hard work. Mr President sir, thank you for creating a society whereby my son will grow up knowing that YES HE CAN!
So, although the days ahead look bleak, I want you to be rest assured that the hope you have introduced to our society still lingers. We will make you proud by working harder in school and at our jobs, by not falling into the hands of the oppressors and living by your example; being law-abiding citizens and people of integrity and love.
I know that the best is yet to come for you, you will go down in history as the peoples’ president, the vessel of hope and the coolest and most charismatic president of all time. Thank you for fulfilling your purpose and being all that you were called to be.
We’ll miss you Sir!
Be Happy, Be Bright, Be You!
Love Mabs xx