Updated: Apr 3, 2020
I want to say thank you. Years ago when I was a young boy and we had nothing but white faces as president, I had one dream. I wanted to be the first black president of the United States. It was the reason History was my favorite subject in school. The tomes of history I would read in my free time was like an escape to me. I knew so much about the country and presidents it is a little obsessive when I reflect back on it. You know when you won the election in 2008, I was both joyful and sad at the same time. I mean seeing another talented black man represent our country in the strongest position possible.
Why be sad right?
It was because I wanted to hold that responsibility. At 18, my pride was hurt a bit. Now looking back at it, you are by far the best man for the job. You held your ground in ways I could only imagine too. The blatant disrespect you received from the media and a handful of public figures *cough Trump cough* made me question where this inner strength resided within you. How could you grin and bear through all of this mistreatment? It was quite simple when I watched your last speech two nights ago. You truly love this country Obama. You love your family. You love your friends. You love trying to be that unifying agent like we hoped for in your first campaign for the office. I believe you wanted to be a man of the people for the people. You did that and more Barry. The sincerity you displayed for your wife & children was touching. Truly the model that young black boys will model their future after.
President Barack Obama attends a conversation co-hosted by Coworker.org during the White House Summit on Worker Voice, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates were meeting on how to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
With this personal letter, I say farewell to you. Matter of a fact, the nation said good-bye to you. I don’t think people will appreciate all the things you have done until we experience the new regime of our president-elect. You came with jet black hair and leaving with more salt than pepper in your hair.
You started the change for the next generations. It is our duty and obligation to carry on your legacy.
Thank you Barack “Barry” Obama. Thank you for everything.
A Black Boy Trying to Fly
*Plays Jay-Z – Encore till it fades out*