I am a yoga teacher and life coach. A former elementary school teacher, I also work as an education consultant and school turnaround specialist. I started this blog as a way to share my wellness quest and inspire my students, clients and others. I try hard to leave my politics at the door, and make this a space inclusive of all. However, I am going to break with that tradition today with this very partisan and affectionate love letter to our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama
When I first heard that you were running for President of the United States, I honestly didn’t think you had a chance. I had seen Shirley Chisholm and Jesse Jackson run for that same office with very little success. In 2007, I was convinced that our nation was not yet ready to see a Black man as President. I wished you well on your misguided attempt—and prayed no harm would come your way.
As time went on, I saw people—Americans from all walks of life—embrace you. Black and White, Latino and Asian, women and men, Hollywood superstars and church grandmas, the intellectual elite and hustlers on the street, all saw what I could not—that you would make an exemplary President. The Kennedy family embraced you as our next hope for that mythical Camelot. Obama signs sprouted up all around, and then you fixed on that simple axiom: “Yes, we can.” That did it. You were elected on November 4, 2008 as our nation’s 44th President of these United States. I stayed up way past midnight to see the results come in, and cried alongside Oprah and Jesse as they listened to your acceptance speech in Chicago’s Grant Park full of hope, unity and grace.
POTUS, it was my supreme pleasure to spend my summer four years later dedicated to your reelection. I knew the work was not yet finished, and I was determined to do all that I could to help you get four more years. I rang doorbells and signed up voters in Northern Virginia. I participated in phone banks and hosted community meetings at my home. On the hottest days of July and August, I stood outside Metro stations passing out campaign materials and ensuring DC residents were registered to vote. And it worked again. You were reelected on November 6, 2012.
Thank you for being the greatest President that I have ever known. I have enjoyed living in our nation’s capital during the eight years of your presidency, and I’m not sure DC will ever be the same again.
Here are the Top 10 reasons I am filled with gratitude this January 19—your last full day in office:
Mr. President, I prayed for your safekeeping for the last eight years. Now I pray for your rest. May you unwind on that tropical island and spend some time decompressing after this intensely challenging Presidency. May you return to Washington refreshed and recharged—ready to lead our nation in our fights to preserve our liberties and civil rights. May you expand on your initiative to help all young people achieve their dreams. I’m ready once more to pitch in however I can.
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Crystal Moore began her wellness quest in 2003 after being diagnosed with lupus. Her quest has led her to embrace yoga, faith, exercise, healthy eating, and relationships. Share her journey.