Black Excellence: Farewell to The Obamas

Farewell to the Obamas? Where did the time go?

Cues Jeezy*
“My President is black, my Lambo’s blue”….wait a minute the President isn’t black anymore? I don’t care…I don’t care, my President will always be black! Especially for the next 4 years. *eyes rolled so hard I fell asleep* Ok let me calm down and communicate more effectively. Am I the only one who can’t believe that 8 years has flown by so quickly? Have we really already said farewell to the Obamas?

Where did the time go?

This is not a black or white issue…

First of all, this is not just about Barack Obama being black. Our 44th President and his wife Michelle just seem like they are amazing people to be around. Over the past 8 years, we have watched all of the Obamas grow. Not only as individuals but as a family. We have also had the privilege to admire their undying love as a couple. Their family dynamic is so authentic, and yet so regal at the same damn time. In the dictionary next to BLACK EXCELLENCE there needs to be a picture of the Obamas. The definition should read: “Here you go, got it? Good.” I mean honestly, has there been another first family that continued to slay and serve us consistently the way they have? Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

That Glow Up Though!

We are all family here so can we just discuss the glow up that FLOTUS Michelle allowed us to witness over the past 8 years? Let’s just have a moment of silence for Michelle and the girls…

From the evolution of their hair styles to the always appropriate fashion choices; I was never disappointed. Sasha and Malia have blossomed into amazingly beautiful, articulate, poised and authentic young ladies. Push through Queens! How many First Ladies were members of the National Honor Society, on the honor roll for four years, while taking advanced placement classes, and serving as student council treasure? Did I mention she graduated salutatorian of her high school class?

Fast forward to college where she graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and African American studies. Did she stop there? Of course not! Michelle LaVaughn Robinson went on to obtain her Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School in 1988. Only 2 other first ladies have post graduate degrees, no shade but I don’t think the next FLOTUS has any degrees I could be wrong though, I’ll have to research that later. ☺

Group Hug!

As I sat down to watch the farewell address, I was filled with so many emotions. For the sake of my tribute I will focus on the positive ones. Pride because the 44th President was an example of leadership, a representation of possibility, and dreams coming to pass in this great nation. Thankful that during my lifetime I was able to witness such a historical event and actively take part in that process. I voted for Obama both times and for the first time felt like the political process was a living breathing entity that “we the people” could activate. To me Obama will always represent hope, optimism, tolerance and change.

Such Class. Such Swag

He handled his terms with such flair and style that it was a pleasure to watch. The posture of compassion that he kept at the forefront of all his actions made me feel confident in his abilities. We witnessed him on some of the most popular tv shows, the cover of magazines, visiting other countries and treating its people and leaders with respect. He led the country with diplomacy and fairness. They led their guest in a monumental moment of “Swag Surfin” at a White House after party. I could get into political facts, but that’s not what this is about. Let’s just say he was truly the people’s President.

Ellen be Knowing…

One of my faves in Hollywood also took the time out to share with the Obama’s how special their time in the White House has been to her and the impact it has had on her life. Ellen DeGeneres was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. During her 5 minute video tribute to him Ellen said “I want to personally thank him for changing my life. I am a legally married woman because of him, and so is my wife.” Ellen eloquently captured a snapshot of Obama’s presidency by saying “His courage and compassion created equality for everyone, he moved us forward and made more happen in the past eight years than I ever dreamed possible. I love him. I love Michelle.”

Sigh…I love them too Ellen honestly and truly. Please enjoy the clip of her tribute to the Obama’s below and be sure to have some tissue handy:

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