In 2008, President Obama became the first African American man ever elected President. The Obamas were a top-notch family. No scandals, no turmoil. Not everybody had to like him, but I did. [DISCLAIMER: I will never tell anybody who to like vs. who not to like – this is solely my own opinion!]. To me, he was not some figure that I couldn’t relate to. He just seemed like a normal, everyday man with a normal, everyday family. Heck, Michelle often rocked these killer outfits that were affordable from stores that even I shopped at!
With the end of his Presidency near, here are some of my favorite things that President Obama has said over the last 8 years.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – President Obama, on change.
“Tonight, we are once again reminded that America can do whatever we set our mind to. That is our history, whether it’s the pursuit of prosperity for our people, or the struggle for equality for all our citizens; our commitment to stand up for our values abroad, and our sacrifices to make the world a better place.” – President Obama, on the potential of America
“If we aren’t willing to pay a price for our values, then we should ask ourselves whether we truly believe in them at all.” – President Obama, on the importance of values
“We still believe that this should be a place where you can make it if you try.” – President Obama, on making it
“We have an obligation and responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.” – President Obama, on the importance of higher education
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” – President Obama, on marriage equality
“We must carry forward the work of the women who came before us and ensure our daughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacles to their achievements, and no remaining ceilings to shatter.” – President Obama, on glass ceilings and achieving dreams
“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.” – President Obama, on change
“Sometimes, when we’re lying together, I look at her and I feel dizzy with the realization that here is another distinct person from me, who has memories, origins, thoughts, feelings that are different from my own. That tension between familiarity and mystery meshes something song between us. Even if one builds a life together based on trust, attentiveness and mutual support, I think that it’s important that a partner continues to surprise.” – President Obama, on Michelle
And, how could we forget his love for children! [Warning: your heart will melt]
Thank you for the last 8 years, Mr. President. On to the next chapter. xoxo.