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2016 Postmortem

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Sat Nov 5, 2016, 05:04 PM Nov 2016

I'm watching President Obama on Bill Maher and I'm in tears. [View all]

Listening to President Barack Obama in that interview, so intelligent and compassionate, it just hit me that no matter how long I live, I have witnessed the greatest President of my lifetime.

I don't say that lightly. In fact, I voted for Hillary Clinton during the 2008 primary because I stupidly assumed experience was the be all and end all. I worried Obama wouldn't have the experience with only one term in the Senate.

God, I was so wrong and I am so very, very lucky to be alive during this man's Presidency.

Barack Obama was too good for a country that questioned his birth, his religion, and his patriotism.

I have health insurance because of Barack Obama. I was born with profound hearing loss, severe muscle spasms and severe anxiety that landed me in the hospital for the first time when I was just 4 years old. I've had many surgeries and no insurance company would touch me because of my pre-existing conditions.

I can get married because of Barack Obama. Obama appointed Supreme Court Justices who legalized same-sex marriage. I remember crying in despair when the paper's in my home state announced a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and I remember crying with joy when that was overturned nationwide. I still have an image of the White House, lit up in rainbow colors, saved on my laptop.

Because of Obama, unemployment is 4.9%, Cuba-American relations are restored, the Paris talks and Climate change, the Credit Card accountability bill... Heck, even gas is below $2.50.

I voted for Obama in the general election, and I did so with pride. His legacy is unforgettable. Over the course of 8 years, "Yes we can" became "Yes we did."

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President Obama Mr. A Nov 2016 #2
Well said. Warren DeMontague Nov 2016 #8
Well he can't be president any more but he can certainly still give speeches!! yodermon Nov 2016 #25
The Obama interview was awesome Lindalouuu Nov 2016 #3
Troubling and informative bdamomma Nov 2016 #37
President Obama will be remembered as most influential and wise president in 100 years, history MyNameIsKhan Nov 2016 #4
And he governed without any help, against all odds. I weep thinking what he could moonscape Nov 2016 #7
Right but he go to the top slop of logarithmic curve where is just flat.. so he go the maximum MyNameIsKhan Nov 2016 #9
He really gave some solid, in-depth answers. Warren DeMontague Nov 2016 #6
I think Hillary can be as great, or greater, than Obama. LisaM Nov 2016 #10
'08 Rorey Nov 2016 #14
I should have phrased that part better. musicblind Nov 2016 #39
Yay! LisaM Nov 2016 #41
Just imagine how much more he could have done without lawmakers that did their jobs NoGoodNamesLeft Nov 2016 #11
Impossible shoes to fill. tavernier Nov 2016 #12
Epic response. n/t musicblind Nov 2016 #40
Love to see Obama re-elected to a third term. boat-tail Nov 2016 #13
I'd take another 8 years of him in a heartbeat Jarqui Nov 2016 #15
will miss this man greatly. allan01 Nov 2016 #16
K & R I've appreciated him more and more and I will miss him so much. 50 Shades Of Blue Nov 2016 #17
Beautiful post n/t hibbing Nov 2016 #18
Many hugs to you. I don't get HBO, so won't see that interview--thanks for your post. Hekate Nov 2016 #19
YAAASSS! Kahuna Nov 2016 #20
Agonising Dworkin Nov 2016 #21
I agree. Demsrule86 Nov 2016 #23
President Barrack Obama was a GOOD President,... Raster Nov 2016 #24
President Obama Lotusflower70 Nov 2016 #26
Obama stamp the rooster Nov 2016 #28
I love Obama's message True Dough Nov 2016 #29
I didn't get health insurance because of him but I got pride in America lostnfound Nov 2016 #31
Bill Maher, the comedian is a better interviewer than 90% of today's "journalists." DFW Nov 2016 #32
I was thinking SAME thing as you. Agree 100% hollowdweller Nov 2016 #33
Washington? mehrrh Nov 2016 #35
The term limit is a constitutional issue, and constitutional law is his specialty DFW Nov 2016 #38
sad departure mehrrh Nov 2016 #34
We will never see or have a President Obama again bdamomma Nov 2016 #36
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