Rachel Charlene Lewis
Updated Jan 02, 2017 @ 10:43 am
Barack Obama DNC speech
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After 8 years as our president, Obama is looking back on the remarkable progress we’ve made in honor of the New Year. It’s hard to deny that it’s been a rough 8 years for the president. He inherited war, pretty awful economic damage, and an extremely partisan government. And that’s not even to speak of the racism the Obamas have faced throughout his presidency. And yet, as FLOTUS Michelle said at the DNC, “When they go low, we go high.” And they did go high, every single year.

In honor of the new year, our president wanted to take a minute to reflect on everything accomplished in the 8 years of his presidency.

He shared this incredible chart showing the current state of jobs, and how much better things are looking than when he became president.

And how much healthcare has changed.

He reminded us of the progress we’ve made to strengthen our country.

And how we brought home our troops.

Too, he highlighted the importance of justice, and equality, not just for any one group, but for all of us.

And, finally, he thanked us. All of us. And let us know he’s looking forward to being a citizen, just like we are.

We feel so much better imagining that he’ll be at our side in the coming years, and that we’ll have someone as well educated, as thoughtful, and as deeply aware of how politics works at our side. All we can say, honestly, is thanks, Obama.