Thursday, January 19, 2017
I miss Obama already
Today is the last day of the Obama presidency, and I miss him already.
I believe that Barack and Michelle Obama are the people most like Mr. and Mrs. Gruntled who will ever be in the White House. They are our age, share a similar educational background, and have a similar family structure. Most importantly, they share the same sacred history narrative of America.
The fact that the Obamas are African-Americans, while the Gruntleds are Euro white people, is actually not the overriding fact of our identities. Both families are educated, hopeful, Christian Americans. We both believe in working for the promise of this country.
I particularly appreciate President Obama's thoughtful, calm, and analytical approach to social problems. I thought he governed masterfully in the face of intransigent opposition.
I also appreciated the high moral tone that the Obamas brought to government, as well as to their personal life.
I am glad that they both plan to stay involved in public life for many years to come.