As we say goodbye to the past 8 years of progress and “Yes We Can”, there are so many reasons we can say how amazing president Barack Obama has been for The United States of America, however we would like to specifically highlight 5 reasons we as creatives love Obama…..
Reason 1: He is a man of The People. Who can forget the goosebumps we felt when then candidate Sen. Obama expounded his campaign winning slogan “yes we can.” Signifying the epitome of accomplishing a common goal together. Unlike many presidents who preceded him and unfortunately who will follow, he cares about what’s best for the greater good. Even if it meant losing ground, he has always tried to represent the majority.
Reason 2: He does without the pomp and embodies humility. In spite of the reality of Obama being the most powerful man in the world, his honest, humorous and relaxed disposition makes him real and relatable. He’s still just a man, and after 8 years he still hasn’t forgotten this.
Reason 3: He is a man for equality. Obama has done wonders for race relations, women’s rights and the LGBTQ community. His constant direction striving to unify this country has brought us closer than ever before to narrowing the divides; A feat that had seemed unfeasible in the past.
Reason 4: He is for the environment. Creatives love our mother nature! Obama has an understanding that without a healthy planet, we will not survive. His politics have taken an important focus on clean energy and he has made an incredible impact reducing oil imports by more than 10% in 1 year, which is more than 1 million barrels daily.
Reason 5: He is just so cool. What other President have we gotten to see slow jam on the news, collaborate with comedians such as Jimmy Fallon and took time out of speech to serenade us all with a little Al Greene. He recently opened the White house to BET for the first farewell concert featuring top musical artists an of course his and Michelle’s killer dance moves. Obama stays in touch with today’s generation being social media savvy himself, and even held the world record for highest amount re-tweets on Twitter. Last but not least, he is a man who is not afraid to publicly show love and admiration for his wife, making sure to honor her not just as the most prolific first lady but also as his best friend.
Mr. President, thank you for the past 8 years of achievement and all of the amazing progress you have made. Thank you for your efforts to include everyone in your mission; that is to unify our beloved country at best you can amidst racial, socioeconomic, religious, sexual orientation, and partisan divide. Thank you for making history and showing us how to have a little fun in the process. You will be missed.
By Shannon Daly & Sharíck LaMay