Dear Barack Obama,
You changed my world the first time I heard you speak. It was 2007 and you had declared your candidacy for president.
Thanks to the collapsing economy, I was losing my job and my house. I ended up moving in with a friend. I’d given up thinking that I had any control over my own economic future. After a college degree and 22 years of hard work, I had nothing to show for it. No home; no retirement account. I was disillusioned, cynical and beyond believing that I could help myself let alone make a difference in the world.
Both government and corporate greed were running amok. I didn’t believe; I had no faith. I didn’t know what the future held but I didn’t trust it would be good.
And then came you. I was awestruck by your demeanor and authenticity and captivated by your message and vision. You helped me understand “Democracy,” what it means to be an American, and the importance of adding my voice to the conversation.
I was inspired by your optimism and love for people and this country. You and Michelle were a solid team–loving and real. Everything you said made sense–for people and the planet. You helped me realize that I can and do make a difference and that the world needs my perspective and my voice. You made me feel like I belonged to something bigger, a collective of like-minded people who simply needed a nudge to bring out the best in them.
“Oh yes we can” inspired a nation to believe and get involved. And even though you’ve left the White House, your message still resonates. We, I, will continue to support and pursue your and Michelle’s agenda of lifting and empowering others knowing that we truly are stronger together.
Thank you, Barack and Michelle, for being a beacon of hope and light for so many. And thank you for your continued service to our great country.
I am fired up and ready to go!
With love as big as the Hawaiian ocean, I remain one of your biggest fans.
This is an excerpt from my book Douchebag Wisdom: Dealing with Donald Trump
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