A Tribute to Barack and Michelle Obama

 

Dated November 10, 2017

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in a casual close up pose

Thorny Issue Found and Solved

My birthday is coming up soon and I’ve been trying to think of something to give myself. Do you find it true that the very best presents are the ones you give yourself? I have no need for fuss nor muss. Just go out and get it. Well, there is one thorny issue – the money part. Always the nastiest thought that can ruin a buyer’s dream. So what to do? What to do?

I know, since I am in this writing frenzy  I will be writing a present. I can be as syrupy a writer as I want to be. As truthful, or not, as I want to be. Great idea!

I am going to address it to the most courageous man I know. More so after today as all of his enemies lined up to be shot down. (I hope!)

He also possesses some really fantastic traits that mark him as a renaissance man. A Polymath man, which means a man whose expertise spans a significant number of various subject areas, (referring to the Renaissance period).  Meaning a man that is well versed in many subjects, a wonderful raconteur. Much more than that though. A storyteller of the highest order. He can fascinate children and pose serious questions for deliberation to adults. This man is well taught, well educated, well spoken. He has high intelligence and a fascinating way of delivering a speech. Always poised. Always alert. Always listening. Yes, I can see that man in my skin. But, it isn’t me. The man I am promoting that gets to enjoy my birthday present to myself is none other than Barack Hussein Obama.

Actually, it will be a website.

The Background

Mr. and Mrs. Barack and Michelle Obama are classy people. They are intelligent, soft-spoken, engaging people. He was the most excellent president I have known or studied. He didn’t hop from project to project. He had a vision of what he wanted to accomplish and if it had not been for an adverse Republican Party to deal with he would have had an even more remarkable record of accomplishments. As it is, his accomplishments are unmatched in recent history.

Michelle also has a keen intellect and knew what she wanted to accomplish. She chose several areas primarily with children such as obesity, a major issue with black children and arts education. At every opportunity, she was working on those plans.

I was pretty bummed when he was out sailing in Hawaii and windsurfing with Mr. Branson. Especially considering the uncouth lout that followed him and is destroying everything Barack accomplished. I have recently learned that he shared his loutishness with any number of Republican donors.

I had known that the Mercers and another couple were not impressed with Barack but I did not grasp the depths of their animosity of Mr. Obama. I also didn’t know until this week that when word got out,  almost every Republican donor was telling the congresspeople in his or her pocket that they had better get tax reform done or do not darken their doorway with hands out looking for a donation. I even read where one donor had already turned down requests for fundraisers due to the loss of the ACA repeal. Well, that is enough of the crooks that now reside in the People’s House. The Obamas look of greater stature when compared to the boors we now have. Enough said.

Citizen Wisdom

I was concerned that he and Michelle would just fade off into the distance only to be seen on occasion. However, they have established a foundation. The mission statement of Obama.org could be “we’re going to build a working living center for developing the next generation of active leaders of the world.”

They actively solicit each person to “let us know what’s on your mind, what good citizenship means to you, and what you want this Foundation to be.”

Here are a few clips from the Foundation’s brochure where people can share their thoughts:

“Good citizens care about others, about causes bigger than themselves, understanding that helping others be stronger helps everyone, even themselves.”

Beth D., Plainfield IN

“I believe citizenship is about having a deep love for one’s community and the willingness to be engaged for the greater good”

Eve M., Brooklyn NY

“We are all better because we have women leaders and women who build each other up”

Debra S., Lubbock TX

The Biography 

Barack Hussein Obama II is an American who served as the 44th President of the United States of America from 2009 to 2017. He was the first African-American to have served as president. (Wikipedia)

He was born on August 4th, 1961 (his current age is 56) at Kapiolani Center for Women and Children, Honolulu Hawaii. He was graduated from Occidental College and Harvard Law School. He taught Constitutional Law at the University of Chicago Law School.

He was born to Ann Dunham and Barack Obama Sr. He is 6’1″tall.

Michele LaVaughn Robinson Obama was born on January 17, 1964. She is an American lawyer and writer who was First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She was raised on the South Side of Chicago and is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Mr. and Mrs. Obama have two daughters, Malia and Natasha (better known by her nickname Sasha).

This material is from a biographical description of Barak Obama. It is so well written I won’t try to improve on it ;-). But I will condense it when possible. This must be the official short version since it has “The Office of Barach and Michelle Obama” printed at the top.

“Few presidents have walked a more improbable path to the White House. Born in Hawaii to a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya, Obama was raised with help from his grandparents, whose generosity of spirit reflected their Midwestern roots. The homespun values they instilled in him, paired with his innate sense of optimism, compelled Obama to devote his life to giving every child, regardless of his or her background, the same chance America gave him.

With the help of scholarships and student loans, he moved to Chicago where he worked with a group of churches to help rebuild communities devastated by the closure of local steel plants. “That experience honed his belief in the power of uniting people around politics of purpose, in the hard work of citizenship, to bring about positive change. In law school, he became the first African-American President of the Law Review, then he returned to Illinois to teach constitutional law at the University of Chicago and to begin a career in public service, winning seats in the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate.”

“He took office at a moment of crisis unlike any America had seen in decades: a nation at war, a planet in peril, the American Dream itself threatened by the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression. Through all the obstructions thrown in his path his leadership helped rescue the economy, revitalize the American auto industry, reform the healthcare system to cover an additional twenty million Americans, and put the country on a firm course to a clean energy future – all the while overseeing the longest stretch of job creation in American history. On the world stage Obama’s belief in America’s indispensable leadership and strong, principled diplomacy helped wind down wars in Iraq and Afganistan, decimate al Qaeda and eliminate the world’s most wanted terrorist, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program, open a new chapter with the people of Cuba and unite humanity in a coordinated action to combat changing climate.”

In times of great challenge and change, President Obama’s leadership ushered in a stronger economy, a more equal society, a nation more secure at home and abroad.”

An email from the foundation “Obama.org” recalls his request in his farewell address as President. “I’m asking you to believe. Not in my ability to make change, but in your’s.”

His faith in the ability of each person to make a difference in our world. He and Michelle’s two decades of public service “demonstrated that the hard work of democracy begins not with government, or with parties, or with any politician, but within each of us.”

This is the guiding principle of the Obama Foundation.

“We are a working, living center for citizenship. Our goal is to develop the next generation of citizens; to shape what it means to be an engaged active citizen in the 21st Century.”

Michelle has said, “This will be your Foundation as much as it is ours.”

The people of the Foundation want to know what’s important to us as we build this Foundation.”

I am going to bring this first part to a close. This record will keep growing and expanding as news and time permit.

Some further editions will include summaries of their first summit in the summer of 2017, some of his political positions will be described along with and interspersed with his emails letting us know what is developing with the Foundation.

Craig

Baracl and Michelle waving hello
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