As we prepare to say goodbye to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, I decided to write a letter expressing everything I would say, given the chance to meet either. It’s no secret that I love the Obama family. I feel that they are the classiest family to ever grace our White House. Disclosure: Please understand that these are my opinions and thoughts. You may disagree, but I will not tolerate hate on my page against me or anyone else.
Dear Mr. & Mrs. President Obama
I would like to apologize on behalf of my fellow Americans. You’ve faced more blind hatred during your time in the White House than any other first family, and you have done so with grace and class. You did nothing to warrant such disrespect, yet you accepted it with your heads high. I feel you are one of the best first families of all time.
I would also like to say thank you. For the first time in my life, I felt that my president saw me as a person. Thank you for working so hard to ensure all Americans had access to health care. Thank you for supporting the LBGT community, and pushing to legalize their right to get married. Thank you for not cutting funds to Planned Parenthood and understanding how many women desperately need it. Thank you for helping to protect victims of sexual assault. Thank you for ending the War on Terror. Thank you for supporting college kids, and helping to lighten the burden of student debt. Thank you for caring about our environment. Thank you for caring about children’s futures and working to lower obesity rates. Thank you for avoiding scandal for eight years, for raising your daughters into beautiful, intelligent women. Thank you for making this a better nation for all.
You helped to remind all of us that the first family are people who have fun, make mistakes, and feel emotions. Michelle Obama has shown me the type of woman I want to be. Barack Obama has shown me how important it is to care for all people. Both of you have shown me what a good person looks like. I know many disagree, but they cannot change the deep admiration I have for the both of you. I wish there was a way for you to remain in the White House because it is heartbreaking to see you leave.
Politics aside, I’m terrified of what will replace you. I’m terrified for people of color and for people who are not Christians. I’m terrified for the LBGT community and for the disabled. I’m terrified for women. I’m terrified of entering the work force during his presidency. I’m terrified that people are using him as an advocate for hate and violence. But no matter how terrified I am, it is nothing compared to the sadness I feel. I’m sad that we took so many steps backwards this election. I’m sad that hate and anger won. I’m sad that I have to be terrified. I hope that we, as a nation, can be become better.
Thank you both for all you have done. You will be missed greatly. I am proud to have called you my president and first lady.