Politics have been, are, and always will be messy. Being Mr. President is like being at a chaotic family picnic with pork ribs, no napkins, and a bunch of children running around with their faces and hands covered in barbecue sauce. It’s no (easy) picnic. Someone will always be dissatisfied. So, good luck to you 2016 candidates. You can have that job that I don’t want.
On December 28, 2015, NPR posted a video of an interview with President Obama. Personally, I respect President Obama. He is a good man with good intentions and the hardest job in America. Do I agree with every single little thing he’s done in his presidency? Nah. Has he done much good? YEAH he has.
Here’s what the interviewer asked: “If you had an opportunity to ask a question to the people who want you job…what would you ask?”
Obama’s response: “I can tell you what I ask myself every single day…how can I be useful in creating an America that is more tolerant, more prosperous, provides greater opportunity, is safer? And so, I might just ask somebody why do you want to do this?”
Obama’s continued response: “If you’re interested just because you like the title, you like the trappings, or you like the power, or the fame, or the celebrity, that side of it wears off pretty quick…what sustains me is the recognition that if you want the job, then you really need to love this country and have a very clear vision and idea of what it is that you want to do to help make this country work even better.”
AMERICA. That’s a great response, if I do say so myself.
Here’s the video:
To see more about this interview see this link: http://www.npr.org/2015/12/28/460559592/watch-president-obama-put-a-question-to-the-candidates-for-his-job
Here is a list of some of the beautiful things that have come from President Obama’s presidency:
- He changed the name of Mt. McKinley back to Denali (which was the original name given by the Alaskan people). #respect
- He vetoed a bill on the Keystone XL Pipeline. Because the environment. #treehuggerfriendly
- Signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 so that LGBT could openly serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. #nodiscrimination
- Fixed U.S. friendship with Cuba. #peace
- Expanded the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act to include crimes based on perception of gender, sexual orientation, and disability. #libertyandjusticeforall
- What he said after same-sex marriage became legal in the United States: “This decision affirms what millions of Americans already believe in their hearts: When all Americans are treated as equal we are all more free.” #equality
- Even after the attack on Paris this last winter and the ISIS-related shooting on U.S. shores, Obama hasn’t retracted his statement that he will be letting 10,000 Syrian refugees come to the United States. #hopeforhumanity
- First African American president. #diversity
- He hosted this (#Hamilton):
This is now the first song in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical: Hamilton. See the website for more: http://www.hamiltonbroadway.com
Sure, ObamaCare wasn’t my favorite, and our capitalistic society wasn’t too fond of it—but there were definitely good intentions attached to it. It’s not really possible to be a people-pleaser for over 300 million people; of course, you’ll piss someone off. Then there are topics like war. The Iraq war, did we do the right thing pulling out when we did? Well, being Mr. President is probably as easy as rearing a child. It’s a bunch of things that you can’t really predict (except what you know from history and the help of advisors, which is like parenting books and help from gram and gramps), but still…it’s hard. Every kid, every country, every people is different. Obama’s a good man, and he is trying his best.
Going back the NPR interview: Being President isn’t about flashy stuff. It’s tough stuff. It’s about loving America and learning how to better American. From what I’ve seen from Obama, I think he’s done a pretty good job with what he’s tried to do. Perfect? I can’t expect that from anyone.
What I think he’s 100% right about: “I don’t think this country works best on fear. I don’t think this country works best on hate.” -Barack Obama
Don’t hate. But #hatersgonnahate