Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Note to President Obama:

Dear President Obama,

Congratulations on your new position as the leader of the free world and President of the United States of America.

I don't have to tell you that this country is great - that it was founded by great men and women - that it has been and continues to be protected by great men and women, who bleed and die for this country we all take for granted.

I am happy to see a change in the political landscape of this country. I'm excited for the African American community, but also critical, because now there are no more excuses for failure. I'm excited that we have somewhat restored our place in the international community, but also critical, because changing the facade of a country does not change its values.

I am glad to see someone new in the White House - someone who is articulate and meditative, rather than an aggressive good-ol-boy. I am glad to see how much your family supports you, how much your wife and children love you. That is the true character of a man.

I didn't vote for you, but now that you're here, I will not hesitate to stand behind you.

To the people of this country and to the rest of the world, you are more than just the new President. You have moved us. You have made us rethink what a politician and President should be and represent. You are a symbol of progress. A symbol of respite from the nastiness, terror, and stagnation of the last decade. A symbol of the Change you so much promised during your campaign.

You will be passionately loved and passionately hated, just like every other President. But also like every other President, you have a chance to make your mark on this country and the world and move things forward toward a better, brighter future.

Good luck to you in the next four years,


colbymarshall said...

Oh, MJ, I am so linking you today. I think this is a fabulous post. It captures everything so perfectly. I love it.

Matt said...

I think this post was awesome. One of the best you've ever written and not just because it was about Obama but because you can tell that you really mean what you posted.

Sara said...

Well said. Great post. Expectations are so high given the current state of our economy. I am hopeful that he will deliver.

VE said...

I bleed for my country. Why just the other day I got a paper cut...

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Maki said...

Aw MJ, this is such a wonderful post - very heart warming and so true..

I know how you felt about him winning at first, but now I feel more hopeful than ever.

Great post!!!

MJ said...

Thank y'all for the nice comments, but please don't misunderstand...

I did not vote for Obama. I do not agree with a lot of his policies, and I will be his biggest critic as soon as he screws up.

I only hope that he stands up to the Messiah-hood that we have so nonchalantly imposed on him, and that before he leaves office he does more good for us than bad.

I guess that's the best we can hope for any President - Democrat or Republican.