Goodbye, Mr.President

There has been a lot of turmoil and unrest in the country. After watching the Love & Happiness Tribute to President Obama on BET, I can honestly say he will be missed. I remember exactly where I was when he was elected both times, I knew then the impact of that was great and would be world history. The tribute was a gentle reminder of how much progress we have made as a country since President Obama became our leader. Just knowing that my President enjoys the same music, television shows, sports, as me always gave me a great sense of belonging and pride. It was so inspirational to know that a Chicago man and his family made it to the White House.

It has been an honor to watch he and his wife represent the American people. He opened the of eyes to our young children, and made it clear you can be of any race or background, but you have the chance to become the President of the United States. With that being said, it is very unsettling to see the downward spiral of recent events in the country. It seems as though we took several steps forward only to take a thousand back. It is so disheartening to watch the news, or login to a social network and see that a young African-American has been shot down, and there are no repercussions to the shooter.

It is almost sickening to think about what our country will digress to. It is important in these trying times that we not forget to stick together and push for equality and opportunity.  Let’s not forget to remind our children how valuable and unique they are, even when the rest our the world tells us to be hateful. All in all, I cherish the fact that I lived through seeing the first black President run in the race, be an election judge for his first election, and even witnessed him be elected for a second term. I remain hopeful that we will again, one day, have a President as suave and smooth as President Barack Obama. I have just two words left…ASHLEY OUT.

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