A genuine “Thanks, Obama”

Brittany Toombs, Editor-in-Chief

“Thanks, Obama”: the expression once used by grouchy conservatives to sarcastically blame personal troubles on the policies of the Obama administration has become a genuine expression of gratitude for our president.
Following a turbulent election cycle in which many voted based on the concept of “the lesser of two evils,” Obama’s approval rating has soared. But Obama isn’t just a great president when compared to the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, and fraudulent Troll Doll that was recently elected. Republican or Democrat, you’ve got to admit that even if you hate every one of his policies, he is a great president who has held the office with grace, humor, charisma, and undeniable relatability. Obama’s presidency has seen successes we all can celebrate, party identification aside.
His presidency is historic: Obama’s story is of overcoming the systematic oppression against an entire race by becoming the leader of the free world less than fifty years after African-Americans were granted voting rights.
His presidency is inclusive: Obama’s administration is the most diverse in American history. Women and minorities hold a majority of top positions. Obama appointed the first transgender cabinet member and has appointed more openly gay government officials than any other president. He nominated two female Supreme Court justices, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, the latter being the first Latina Justice.
His presidency is noble: he has been a champion of human rights, from working to protect Planned Parenthood to signing the Matthew Shepard Act. His presidential baby, Obamacare, has helped over 9.9 million Americans gain health insurance.
His presidency is revolutionary: his intense dedication to fighting climate change and nuclear proliferation resulted in his receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, an honor awarded to only three other presidents.
His presidency is genuine: Obama’s sincere speeches inspire our nation when we need it most. He has offered comfort in the face of tragedy, bravery in the face of fear, and humble patriotism in moments of success.
His presidency is meme-worthy: from Obama’s almost too-pure bromance with VP and ice cream connoisseur Joe Biden to his iconic Correspondents Dinner clapbacks, Obama is undeniably America’s Dad.
Thanks, Obama. Thank you for being the president of my youth. Thank you for your sincere desire to make the world a better place, affirming my belief that fighting the good fight is worth it.