March 18, 2018
Dear President Obama,
I want you to know how much I miss you. I know I’m not alone. There are millions of people here in the United States and around the world who miss you too.
I’m old, 73 to be exact, but you felt like a father to me – a protective father of our country. I felt safe and secure when you were in office. And I was proud, so proud of America that we recognized intelligence and dignity as important in leadership, and that our choice of you told the world who we were.
I loved the wholesomeness of having you in the White House – your relationship with Michelle and the girls. And I loved Bo; he reminded me of my own little Scooter. I loved seeing the family pictures – the family postcards of you and Michelle, Sasha, Malia. Those pictures epitomized the relationship that we all crave in our own lives. I loved Michelle, her garden, her emphasis on children and nutrition – just her aura of kindness and grace. And of course I was touched to the core at the sweetness of the photo our First Lady and Queen Elizabeth. That shot showing her arm around Queen Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth’s arm around her, is imprinted in my mind.
On the day of your election, I started a little blog. “President Obama’s First 100 Days and Ours,” I called it. My husband happened to be laid-off right before those one-hundred days, and we were a bit overwhelmed with loss of income and insurance payments. However, after a few months into office, under your leadership and the bail-out legislation, our huge Cobra payments were cut in half and our minds were greatly eased. My husband did get a position before your hundred days were up, and I was elated with the timeline because I wanted the world (the tiny world reading my blog) to know what a stellar job you were doing.
Of course, as a progressive Democrat, I didn’t agree on every policy or decision, but I trusted that you knew things that I didn’t and that your intelligence and quiet wisdom were guiding our “ship of state”. My trust in your decision making was solid.
Most importantly, I loved your vision–the fact that you could look beyond the moment and plan for our children’s and grandchildren’s future. Of course environmental advocates like myself always want more, but your legacy of progress toward clean energy and climate progress was impressive. Carl Sagan would have been proud of you!
I miss you, President Obama. I really, really miss you. I miss the inspiration you gave us and the feeling of well-being and competent leadership. I don’t know when we’ll ever have what we had with you and your family. But I do have the audacity to hope for that day. .
With great admiration,