President (and soon to be former president) Barack Obama has about two months left of his presidency, and it’s fair to say that the country will never be the same again once Donald Trump steps into the White House. Now, before you judge, I’m not a fan of Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but if you think Donald Trump will hold anywhere near as memorable of a presidency as Barack Obama held, I think it may be time to pull your head out of your…anyway. A lot of us (at least in my generation) got to experience one of the best presidencies we’ve ever seen, and I know the same couldn’t be said for the older generations as they probably experienced better, but I honestly think Barack Obama will go down in history as one of the absolute best. He spent eight years in the white house, and he was sworn in when the country was in a pretty bad state thanks to George W. Bush and he pulled us out of it. While doing this, he created memories and acted as the figure in power we could count on.
There’s going to be a lot of things we’re going to miss about a Barack Obama presidency and him as a person, and I’d like to lay those out in this article. Ever since election day, people have been trying to find ways to stay positive because of the results, and I feel this would help people cope with the unfortunate change we’re going to be experiencing in the coming months and the next four years.
Whether you like Obama or not, you have to admit the soon to be former president was unbelievably brilliant when it came to not only writing speeches, but delivering them. He has a way of tapping into every single listener and letting them know that he is listening to their concerns about the country. The speech he delivered at the Democratic Convention will easily go down in history as one of the best presidential speeches ever. This was back when we didn’t know for sure if Donald Trump was going to be the president-elect, which he is now. I don’t completely doubt that Donald Trump will be able to tap into people’s concerns like Barack Obama did, but he will in no way be anywhere close to the amount of brilliance that came from Barack Obama’s mouth whenever he delivered his speeches. Plus, I imagine Donald Trump will tap into people’s fears and struggles before he delivers any concern regarding people’s insecurities about him as the next President of the United States.
14. Vice President Joe Biden
There should really be no argument when it comes to Joe Biden and his overall likability and perfect vice presidency alongside his boss. Going right next to Barack Obama, Joe Biden walking out of the White House will be among the saddest things to witness come January. In interviews and even speeches, Joe Biden speaks with such power and persuasion that kids and adults alike can align with. He always took people’s personal beliefs into the equation, and never felt the need to overstep his boundaries. It was a shame when the election process began that he didn’t announce his candidacy, but he had his own personal reasons for it, which is respectable. He undoubtedly would have won the nomination and he would have campaigned much like Barack Obama did. I have no doubt in my mind that he would be the next president elect if he had run for it. Hopefully we’ll still see him many times even with a Donald Trump presidency.
13. Control of Temper
Whenever Barack Obama talked, or even if you saw him on the side of the street, you never saw him break his charismatic and delightful nature. I’ve watched Barack Obama through his two terms as President of the United States, and I can’t for the life of me think of one time when he broke character and expressed distaste in a fowl manner. Hell, I don’t think he has a single temperamental bone in his entire body. Much like Joe Biden saw him as a calm and collected individual, we all as a country have been able to witness one of the most calming presidents that have graced this land. Once Donald Trump makes his way into the White House to begin his presidency, I know the lack of temper and control of anger is going to be something we wish we had. I mean, Donald Trump hasn’t even been able to stay off of Twitter to show his distaste toward Saturday Night Live and the like. How are we expected to believe he’s going to keep a cool head for the next four years?
12. Not Donald Trump
I’m not always privy to showing distaste for an individual until they’ve proven they can’t control themselves in a situation, though I’d say Donald Trump is the exception. People have been describing to those showing distaste for the election as “whining” or “not accepting the results,” but the fact of the matter is, we’re allowing someone with no political experience and a history of wrongdoing to control the country for the next four years. If you don’t think that’s a problem, maybe the fact that he has been known as racist and sexist may sway your opinion. I’m not here to tell you wrong from right, but one huge thing we’re going to miss about the Obama presidency is the simple fact that Barack Obama is not Donald Trump, and Donald Trump is not Barack Obama. You may think I’m just pulling for pointless points in this article, but going from Barack Obama to Donald Trump just isn’t right.
Next to his smile and calming demeanour, you can’t display dissatisfaction toward the humor and joking nature that Barack Obama surrounded himself with. Throughout his entire eight years, we saw many instances of him taking people’s opinions about him, and using them to his advantage for a joke or two. To me, that’s being above those that throw shade to him by making them realize just how silly their accusations are. The best instance of his humor would have to be at the Correspondence Dinner where he used himself a few different times to ensue humor, and somewhat out of character stayed away from Donald Trump. He had a way of crafting a joke out of political ridiculousness, and it certainly made a lot of us laugh. People have criticized his humor by saying he’s too busy making jokes to fix the country. Take a look at what the country was like the day Barack Obama took office, and look at it now. Tell me again how he hasn’t done anything productive?
10. Push For Equality
By far one of the most important thing with Barack Obama during his presidency and even as a person is his push for equal rights and overall equality for all involved. During his presidency, he made it possible for the LGBTQ community to become part of the rest of the world in regard to marriage equality. This is the same thing people are fearing with regard to Donald Trump taking office, even though he has said he won’t touch on something that the supreme court has already ruled. But we can’t forget that Donald Trump likes to sugarcoat his words in order to get those people in fear to feel at ease. All I can say, is when Barack Obama leaves office, and Donald Trump takes office, a lot of people’s individual security regarding equality and the like will not only be feared of loss, but potentially taken away.
9. Friendship With Joe Biden
Even surpassing his push for equality, one of the biggest reasons people are dreading seeing Barack Obama walk out of the White House is because they’ll also have to watch Joe Biden walk out with him. When it comes to showing a true connection of friendship, Barack Obama and Joe Biden are the shining stars. When the election process was over and Donald Trump was announced as the president-elect, several websites started throwing down memories and memes regarding the tight connection between Barack Obama and Joe Biden. So much to the fact that it led people to be of the opinion that they are the best of friends that we’ve been able to watch over the past eight years. People already feel distaste toward Mike Pence and his personal beliefs and ideals, so I imagine the same won’t be said that was displayed to Barack Obama and Joe Biden once Donald Trump and Mike Pence walk out of the White House in four years. A sigh of relief across the country will be had if anything.
8. Michelle Obama & Children
As soon as Donald Trump was said to be the next President of the United States, articles across multiple platforms were asking for a recount and to potentially allow Michelle Obama to run for president in 2020. I’m of course of the opinion that a Michelle Obama presidency would be just as good if not better than a Barack Obama presidency, and that’s saying a lot. Throughout Barack Obama’s two terms, we’ve not only been exposed to the beautiful marriage between Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, but we’ve also been able to watch their kids grow into beautiful young adults. They’ve all been the first to witness their father and husband become one of the most successful presidents we’ve seen in quite some time. It’ll be a shame to no longer see Michelle Obama and the kids in the White House. But hey, at least they’re being replaced with Trump children. Yuk!
You can say whatever you want about Barack Obama with regard to his policies and whatever else regarding his presidency, but you can’t say with a straight face that the man was not a likable political figure. If you searched on Youtube and watched videos of Barack Obama walking around and meeting his supporters and maybe non-supporters, it was also met with a smile and a firm handshake. He was extremely likable for not only being a down to earth human being, but equally respected for being someone in charge of the country where he made everyone else feel like they mattered. Donald Trump won’t be able to walk the sidewalk in front of the White House without having a racial or sexist slur thrown at him. I don’t necessarily condone that type of behavior, but if you somehow think Donald Trump is going to have the same type of likability that Barack Obama brought to the country, perhaps you should look at how people have been reacting since the election.
I know there are people whether you’re a democrat or republican that have some sort of distaste toward the policies that Barack Obama brought to the table. Let’s face it, there’s not going to be a president that everybody agrees with, and I’ll admit that there are things with Barack Obama that I don’t necessarily agree with. However, the man did not promise off the wall (pun intended) ridiculous policies that Donald Trump wants to bring into the White House. A few perks of having Barack Obama and his policies within the white house allowed the country to crawl out of the mess we were in when George W. Bush left office. Let’s also not forget that Barack Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act in 2010 that allowed those of different sexual orientation to be open about their sexual orientation in the military. He also again as I mentioned before, legalized same-sex marriage across the entire country.
5. His Voice
Admittedly this point is a bit of a wild card, but fortunately I’m not only focusing on his presidency. Barack Obama has a voice that many people could not only listen to, but mimic as well. Multiple times we saw people poking fun at Barack Obama and his stern way of stopping mid sentence and going into his next point. While that was funny for the time, we can’t forget how much of an impact his voice has had across the country. During his presidency, he’s been very colorful with his words while maintaining a sense of civility. When he openly admitted to his support of same-sex marriage on top of racial equality, many people felt at ease and started to become accepting of one another. Everyone started to come together and work together as opposed to being against each other. When Donald Trump goes into office, there’s no doubt in my mind that the damage his campaign and election has caused will take several years, and several presidential terms to fix.
I’m not claiming to have any knowledge of how hard it is to be the minority in this country, but for Barack Obama to not only announce his candidacy for president as being the first African-American to do so, it takes an insurmountable amount of courage and perseverance to succeed and fulfill your dream of doing so. He not only announced his candidacy, but he fought through the racist slurs, and hate comments toward him, and he won not one election, but two. If he can be proud of anything during his two terms as president, it’s that he’s widened the gap for anybody who wants to run for president. He fought through the comments about his candidacy through his eight years, and fought with congress along the way, while still managing to get things done. He’s been able to be the man to stand up against individual injustice as well and ensuring that everyone had a voice. If there’s any man to follow in regards to courage, it would be Barack Obama.
3. Everybody’s Friend
This goes along with his likability, but you can’t tell me that whenever Barack Obama entered a room, people didn’t instantly smile and felt it necessary to shake his hand. While being one of the most likable people in politics for the past 8 years, he made sure that everybody felt included in his plans, and made it his sole purpose to befriend anybody that he could. While continuing his best friendship with Joe Biden (hence the cute friendship bracelets), to talking about how Michelle Obama is his best friend and wife, to his kids that feel a close connection with him. I imagine if I were to ever meet Barack Obama in the coming years, he’d shake my hand, and I could instantly call him my friend, and he would say it back with no pause. I’ve said it before in regards to him and Joe Biden, but he’s the best friend everybody wishes they had in their lives.
2. Passion & Intelligence
Politics in general is no doubt one of if not the hardest job in this country. When you take office, you have to realize how much is on the table and how much you can control in the white house. Barack Obama throughout his presidency proved time and time again that he is the man for the job. His passion about every single topic he brought up was noticeable not only through his speeches, but through his actions. Anybody can say they’re going to do something (much like Donald Trump) but it takes an insurmountable amount of intellect and passion for the specific duty to persuade people to follow along. I mentioned briefly earlier regarding his speeches, but if you were to read his speeches, you’ll find that Barack Obama was not only an extremely intelligent individual, but his passion flows through every single word he said through his presidential speeches and anything alike. He took his job very seriously, and knew that certain decisions came with distaste.
1. Role Model For Kids
If there is one thing a president in charge should be responsible for, it is being an enormous role model for our kids. He has stated time and time again through his presidency that the kids of today are the future of tomorrow, and he is right on all counts. Donald Trump has not only spread fear to young adults and adults alike, but now the kids of our future are going to have to witness a man fuelled with hatred and bigotry control the country for four years. If you somehow think Donald Trump is going to be anywhere near as much of a role model for our kids as Barack Obama has been, you need to dig your head out of the ground, and take a deep breath. It’s going to be very hard for new mothers and mothers alike to tell their kids about a Donald Trump presidency, but unfortunately that is the reality we are being thrown into.