In four short days, President Barack Obama will leave office. His has been a presidency of grace and inclusivity, of repairing America’s image on the international stage, of breaking barriers and changing the face of the American presidency forever. The images of him dancing with Michelle, the photos of him with his two daughters, his public claim of feminism, and his belief that America can be better were a much needed salve to my Gen-X politically-cynical heart.
Did I agree with every policy? Every compromise? No. I don’t even call myself a Democrat. But after decades of embarrassing presidents, it was wonderful to finally have someone in office who tried to represent the best of what America can be.
Obviously, on Jan. 20th, all of that will change. I’m not going to waste precious words on negativity. Instead I’m going to celebrate Barack Obama with a song I can’t get out of my head this week:
Ain’t no other man can stand up next to you
Ain’t no other man on the planet does what you do
You’re the kinda guy a girl finds in a blue moon
You got soul, you got class, you got style with your bad ass
Farewell, my bad ass President.