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Goodbye, Mr. President

President ObamaEvery four or eight years, a new President is inaugurated and the existing President exits the White House. But this particular year, it wasn't just any president exiting the White House, but the first African-American president of our United States - Barack Hussein Obama II.

As I listened to the many comments shared by the African-American community, below are some of the qualities I heard we'll miss the most:

  • His intelligence, style and great oratory skills
  • His calmness under pressure
  • His effortless coolness
  • His love for his wife
  • His love for his daughters
  • His swagger, 'dap" and soulfulness
  • His wife's excellent taste and style
  • His wife's love for her children
  • His wife's agenda to fight childhood obesity
  • His wife's open door White House policy

While these are all great reasons why we'll miss President Obama, I'd like to add one more: We'll miss him because of how well he represented the African-American community. For so long our community has been criticized and ridiculed for the way we dress, look, talk, speak and live, relegated as second class citizens, and our families have been described as broken and dysfunctional. But then along came President Obama. He showed the world that in spite of its stereotypes about African-Americans, we are people who love and protect our families.

Despite racism and character attacks, he showed the world we are people who can respond with dignity, class, patience and grace. He became President and showed others we are people who can walk with world leaders and dignitaries on a global platform, yet have fun on the White House lawn with boys and girls, no matter what race, creed or color.

So we say thanks. Thank you, Mr. President for representing us well. You showed the world African-American life and culture in a way no one else could have done and to paraphrase an unknown poet, "you may not have always done things perfectly, but you were the best of us the world has ever seen."

Sharing my perspective,

Jeaninne Stokes

Jeaninne Stokes is a Christian author and educator and founder of JStokes Writing Ministries. Her mission is to write to equip and inspire others as they seek to live a life of faith in every arena of their lives. To read more of her writings, visit her at www.jstokeswritingministries.com

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