“Regardless of the station we occupy; we have to try harder; to start with the premise that each of our fellow citizens loves this country just as much as we do; that they value hard work and family like we do; that their children are just as curious and hopeful and worthy of love as our own. None of this is easy.”

–Barack Obama

Rewatching Obama’s farewell speech. It’ll be fun times when I get to tell my kids about how I took a liking to him when he was on Conan, two full years before he announced his presidential bid. When he did, it was like watching your favorite indie band make it big. I’ll recall how in 2008, he was the first president I was old enough to vote for. His administration became the cultural backdrop of my college years and early marriage.
I’ll note how the funky birth certificate drama made me realize that’s what I’d have to deal with if I ever ran for office, but that’s okay. Anything worth doing in life invites all kinds of drama, and even though I don’t see politics becoming my thing anytime soon, that’s true in so many areas of life.
You get a little chunk of the world and a certain amount of years to make it better. Some people get big chunks, but those of us who work from the ground up matter just as much.
I realize not all are as warm towards Obama. And that’s alrite. I don’t fully vibe with every thing that he did in office. But I think we can all agree that we’ve come a long way in eight years. Remember, we started out with Fred Armisen playing Barry on SNL. Keegan Michael-Key makes me believe in progress.


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