We have witnessed something that no one, living or dead, ever thought possible. Therefore, I want to start by apologizing for not featuring our great president during Black History Month. He has certainly achieved more than any other person of African descent; by ascending to the president of these United States. Frankly, this was the most significant event in all of human history, or at least since the resurrection of Jesus.
Let me be very clear, becoming president with America’s horrible history of racism and bigotry. It shows the hatred white folks, who say they are not racist, have from day one obstructed every effort and have tried to deny him any credit for anything Mr. Obama has done, which was mainly to save a nation his predecessor nearly destroyed. I am certain, if this man had anything out, dirt, scandal or negative out there; these wretched Republicans and white folk would have exposed it.
They, mainly the Republicans, have openly called the first black President everything but a Nigger publicly. Sorry, I am wrong a few have! Nonetheless, they use code words that mean virtually the same thing. I don’t know about you, but I can remember what it was like under Bush, which was not too long ago, as well as know the history of all of the white presidents going back to the slave owners and segregationists. Of course, there are some who say he has not done enough for black folk, and I agree. But what I will say, just the optics of him being president has given black people and the world so much.
Here is a little background on this brilliant man; Barack Hussein Obama was born August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii – and yes, white people Hawaii is part of America. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he served as president of the Harvard Law Review. He worked as a civil rights attorney and taught Constitutional law at University of Chicago Law School between 1992 and 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004 and served in the US Senate until he became president. Nine months after his inauguration, Obama was named the 2009 Nobel Pease Prize laureate.
During his first two years in office, Obama signed into law economic stimulus legislation in response to the Bush Administrations created Great Depression in the form of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010. Other major domestic initiatives in his first term included the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare”; the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; and Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010.
In foreign policy, Obama ended U.S. military involvement in the Iraq War, increased U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan, signed the New Start arms control treaty with Russia, ordered U.S. military involvement in Libya in opposition to Muammar Gaddafi, and ordered the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. Obama was reelected president in November 2012, defeating the Republican nominee, and was sworn in for a second term on January 20, 2013.
These are some of the president’s professional accomplishments. Personally, I am proud of the president, however, in my view, he has not been the president for all people as he claims. He has not done much for black people, particularly in an age when unarmed black men, women, and children are murdered indiscriminately! After all, the Justice Department works for him, and he has the power to make changes in this area, as well as in the area concerning mass-incarceration, jobs, poverty, and education; and for that, I give him very low marks.
In spite of his lack of attention to black issues, it will sadden me to see him leave office and yes I will miss him. It is not so much the president that impresses me so much; rather, it is the example of his beautiful and lovely family who has demonstrated profound dignity and grace, making all people proud. And now that the bigots and corrupt people are about to take back their country – we will all miss you President Obama, we will all miss you when we see and feel Trumps America. We may never see the likes of him again! And that’s my thought provoking perspective…