It was all in moments, everything happened in moments. The moment Barrack Obama announced that he was running for President of the United States Of America. The moment he accepted his nomination at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. The moment he walked on to that stage in Chicago right after winning the 2008 Presidential election, putting hope and light in the eyes of all Americans. The moment he won the election for his second term in 2012. The moments that he walked out on stage or in front of cameras to address a crowd. Every moment that he stood there in front of America establishing his role in the bright future he believed for the nation. And finally, the last moment, that happened only a short 85 minutes ago; I, a 17 year old American living in Singapore, woke up to find my Facebook feed filled “farewell Obama” posts and pictures. Obama’s twitter line no longer said “POTUS”, but “POTUS44”. His last moment as President.
All those moments, the little tiny moments that together culminates into one 8-year life changing moment. It was never fake, it was never for show, it was always for the good of others, for the good of the country. He took the power he earned and used it to prove that the American Dream was still alive. He showed his fellow Americans, not through words but through actions, that with hard work and hope, things will always get better. And that if you want things to get better, you have to keep moving forward. He not only changed the minds of many Americans, but also their hearts. From passing the Affordable Care Act in 2010 to ending the war in Iraq, making gay marriage legal for all in the nation to leading the country out of the worst recession in the past century, he impacted the lives of so many.
And with him came his wife, Michelle Obama, who was just impactful in her actions as he was. She advocated for women all around the world who couldn’t speak out for themselves. She strived to improve nutrition and health in schools all around the country for the better of the children, through her Let’s Move! campaign. She, along with her husband, opened their iconic home to make it a home for all Americans. She inspired people all over the world to join her in making the world a better place by making each person feel like they mattered and that they had a voice.
So as we move forward into the next moment, I would like to take a moment to thank President Obama for all he’s done. For inspiring a young 17 year old like me to work towards making changes I want to see. We are a better nation because of him, and for that we should all be forever grateful. To be able to witness a leader like him at this time in my life has been impactful, to say the least. President Obama, we thank you for your service to our country over the past 8 years. But it’s not goodbye, because knowing you and Michelle Obama, your work isn’t over. And I, along with the rest of the nation, look forward to your moments to come.