What This Election and Today’s Inauguration Meant to Me
In 2008 when President Barack Obama was elected, it was with this air of inspiration. It felt like a brand new day. It was history. Untainted history. People were rooting for him and he was the underdog who needed to be cheered on.
In 2012 as he went up for re-election, the atmosphere was much different. It was wrought with hate. The air was thick with tension, and tainted with the ugliness of racism. People wanted him to fail so bad they couldn’t hide it. His opponent disrespected him like no other President has been. He wasn’t the underdog but the dog they wanted to kick out the house they didn’t feel like he should have been in.
We saw it. And we fought against it. All the hate they threw at this man’s feet, he stepped on it and wiped it on carpet. The welcome mat they tried to snatch from under him, he stepped on and said this is mine.
If he ever did anything beyond be the safe negro they wanted him to be, they called him Angry Black Man. In the face of hate, he was gracious.
This means more to me now than his first election did, in a way.
The man earned these four more years. He might not have lived up to all expectations but he was fighting against a Congress that hated him just for having the guts to be black in the White House.
And this fact never left me. President Obama faced hate with poise, class and charisma. And for that, I’m proud.
In the face of all the cowards (like Donald Trump) who questioned his humanity, he sneezed awesomeness. I support this dude. Not just because he’s Black but he’s a golden mirror for men everywhere who never thought they could go from street corner to senator to seat-owner in the most powerful office on Earth. Barack is the hope he speaks of because in his eternal optimism is the little endearing thing that does make him believe in change. He seems to believe in the America that some of us have lost sight of. Might be naive but they do say those silly enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
I don’t agree with every decision he’s made as president nor do I think people shouldn’t be critical of him. No. I just think what he represents is incredibly important and I can’t help but be proud about it.
Today, Barack Obama got sworn in for the 2nd time as the President of the United States and it’s amazing to see. We never thought we’d see a black president in our lifetime and here he is for a 2nd time with that hand on that SUPER old Bible. Yes.
Welcome to term 2, Mr. President. Don’t let us down.