Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Moving On

The Obamas are packing up and moving on, new occupants will be moving into the White House.

I ask you to allow me a little therapudic writing. You see I was one of the first to join the Obama movement. I knew in my heart he would be my president. Never before had I felt that way about a president and never expect to again in my lifetime.

Personally, I will miss them. I have great respect for the office of president and I believe the Obamas share that respect for the office and for the history represented in that office.

Eight years we've enjoyed this scandal free administration, it's been wonderful. They've given America the best example of parenting as they've raised their children in the White House from little girls to poised young women. As a couple they really like each other. You can see it in their faces when they look at each other.

I'll miss the President's smile, and his calm demeanor. He was encourager in chief, a steady presence in troubling times. He thinks America is great and kept me believing it. He was a positive presence for the children and young adults, the future of this country.

Never once have I cringed when he takes the microphone. I have complete confidence he will not bungle the task when he speaks to America. He's a quiet, calm, and thoughtful presence.

My tears this morning are not solely for my loss but for America's loss as well. Sometimes you don't miss something until it's gone.

23 comments:

  1. Canadians certainly like Obama. He was our kind of president. We had great respect for him.

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    1. He has proven worthy of your respect.

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  2. You and I are complete 'twinsies' on this, and every statement you typed, I echo. :: hugs ::

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  3. You, Silver and I are triples on this. I will miss the Obama's and especially his calm, thoughtful and deliberate way of talking to the nation. No need to walk back statements, no alarming talking off the cuff. I have felt safe with him in charge and I won't with a man who changes his mind and lies as often as he changes his underwear.

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    1. My grief is profound over losing the Obamas. I've never felt that way about any other president leaving office. I would have grieved if Hillary had been moving in but with Trump the anxiety level is greatly elevated.

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  4. P.S. If you get a chance, watch John Oliver on not normalizing this election results, it's worth the time it takes. https://youtu.be/-rSDUsMwakI

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    1. I watched John Oliver and it was great. Sent the link to my children. Thanks.

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  5. Beautifully said, Linda. I've appreciated President Obama's intelligence, speaking ability, endless grace and dignity,...the list goes on. Michelle has been a dedicated First Lady, equally intelligent and dignified. Both have a wonderful sense of humor, too.

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    1. they are teachable and learned much from their varied life experiences. Their unusual life experience scared the daylights out of small minded Americans. What a shame.

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  6. I just hope he stays in politics in some manner for his steady hand is so needed. We have gone from fresh clean air to smog. Sigh.

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    1. Just read today he's already begun doing some organizing. Says he has ideas he wants to share, and after he becomes a private citizen and he and Michelle take a trip he plans to get to work on the Democrats situation. It behooves him to do that if he wants to preserve his legacy.

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  7. The classiest president since the days of powdered wigs.

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  8. Not needing to cringe..that's worth a lot. I attended a church for many years, a lovely church, and then things changed and every Sunday something cringe-worthy was said. I couldn't take it any longer and left. Here's the bad thing, NO ONE else noticed how awful what was being said really was. I should have known then that we were in for something awful happening to our country.

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    1. It's amazing to me how much worse language has gotten in the last two years. I remember how horrified I was when VP Cheney walked up behind a senator on the floor of the senat and said "go f*ck yourself." Now it's everyday language. I don't like that.

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  9. What a beautiful tribute Linda. I could not have said it better. I believe that history will portray him as one of the most influential presidents we have ever had. I sure will miss this beautiful family.

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    1. It's good I don't watch TV, it would destroy me. The puzzle now is finding a way to make our voices hear and reorganizing the Democratic Party. We're sunk if we don't bring the Democratic Party back to good health.

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  10. As much as you knew Obama would be your president, I felt that way about Hillary. When she lost to him in the primaries in 2008, I threw my support behind Barack Obama, and I have been pleased by his presence as POTUS. I agree about never having to cringe! I hadn't thought of that.
    Now I grieve that the Obamas are moving out, and that Hillary isn't moving in.

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    1. I fear we're going to do a lot of cringing in days to come. I cringed every time George W opened his mouth.

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  11. I will miss the Obamas in the White House -- dignity and grace, calm and reasoned demeanor, compassion, sense of humor. My heart hurts.

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    1. It's almost like a death in the family for me. I am very sad.

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  12. Sometimes you don't miss something until it's gone is exactly right. They've been exemplary role models. Even some of those who don't agree with their politics will miss their class and style.

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