Much of the country was first introduced to Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) at the 2004 Democratic National Convention where he spoke passionately about ‘the audacity of hope.’ A nation who had long abandoned the fleeting virtue readily embraced his message. The next powerful affirmation came in 2008 when he reminded us, ‘Yes, we can.’
He was as quick to smile as he was to switch to a serious expression. His demeanor was always approachable. President Obama brought us out of a recession, lowered the unemployment rate, revitalized the auto industry and improved the economy. During his two terms, through October 2016, there was a record 73 consecutive months of overall job growth. He established the ‘Making Home Affordable’ refinancing plan and signed the ‘Helping Families Save Their Homes Act.’
He took down Osama bin Laden and ended two wars.
President Obama gave us the Affordable Care Act so that all Americans could have access to health coverage.
He gave us First Lady Michelle Obama, who opened up her heart and the White House to the nation.
He embraced technology and was the first President to stream every White House event live. And, finally, he left us with the message to ‘believe’ in our own ability to create change. ‘Yes, we can;’ and ‘yes, he did.’”