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Dear Mr. President

Posted in Life & Love

President-ObamaDear Mr. President,

Exactly four years ago, I stood with thousands of others newly minted Americans, and took my oath of citizenship. I listened to the judge instructing us on our new duties and privileges, I watched your speech on a mega-screen and, no doubt, I waved a little flag.

I had been eligible for American citizenship for quite some time but merrily lived in a state of non-belonging, my national identity watered down with every move, a citizen of the world. Until your second term started looming and I felt the need to remember, many years from now, the day I cast my vote for the first African-American President – I, who grew up in a country that had no people of any color other than white, where my only knowledge of slavery came from reading Uncle Tom’s Cabin and watching the original Roots mini-series on Italian tv.

You made me want to be American.

I worked the phone banks for your campaign, where I was hurled insults and I had to listen to all manners of drivel; I donated some money (with the result I am still receiving way too many emails from your troops I don’t seem able to unsubscribe from) and, in exchange, I got to feel proud of my country and my President.

As a European child in the 1970s, U.S. Presidents were poorly contoured figures with a few qualifying characteristics: Jimmy Carter’s decency and peanuts; Ronald Reagan’s fixed smile and Alzheimer; Bill Clinton’s openness and shenanigans and both Bush’s dark periods. You waltzed into the Oval Office and restored dignity, integrity and gravitas to the Presidency.

We had our disagreements, you and I: I still believe a single-payer system would have been a better healthcare option but, then again, my European background has me immune to government meddling into my affairs when necessary. I would have preferred you had tackled some of your opponents more head on, earlier on, but it’s all in the past now and I am grateful for the intelligence, humanity and calmness you infused to your office, even in the face of so much obstructionism and vitriol.

As we are entering the most obnoxious electoral season in memory, one even the strongest of us will have a difficult time witnessing, and the media is busy assessing your legacy, I am already nostalgic for the eight years you gave us.

We are the same age you and I, with very little shared history. Yet, when I look at you and Michelle, the failures of our generation are wiped clean, and all I see are the battles fought and the dreams realized, the better future I imagined in my 20s. This will be the legacy you will leave in my personal, little world and, for that, I am so very grateful.

I hope your days as a private citizen will be filled with peace, courage and activism.
Thank you for your service.
Sincerely,

camparigirl

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10 Comments

  1. He will be missed.

    Trump will be much worse than Berlusconi. Much. Please help us if this moronic bully enters the White House.

    May 31, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      If that happens, I will come calling. Maybe you can help me find a place in Rome.

      June 1, 2016
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  2. silvia
    silvia

    Fuckface Von Clownstick! I never thought I’d be writing this but he could be even worse than Berlusconi!!!!!!

    May 31, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      And with even worse hair.

      June 1, 2016
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  3. Touching and poignant thoughts on a remarkably class filled presidency. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. As a naturalized citizen myself, I couldn’t agree with you more about our president and his First Lady. Given the options this campaign season and the nasty circus side show, it is a small comfort for a future no doubt wrought with nothing like the past 8 years. ??

    May 31, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      As much as I would like to see a woman finally occupying the Oval Office, I am not quite sure this particular woman would inspire the same loyalty President Obama did. We shall see, I suppose.

      May 31, 2016
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  4. Well said. We will be hard pushed to get such an embodiment of class in a future president. Obama’s approval ratings at the moment are higher than ever, it seems. We don’t know what we’ve got till it’s gone perhaps. His noble standing is especially jarring when placed next to Fuckface Von Clownstick peering in from stage right.

    May 30, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Time to dust off the passports we were born with, I wonder? Even Italy would seem a better option should a certain combover candidate take office.

      May 31, 2016
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  5. Sharon
    Sharon

    Great great great

    May 30, 2016
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    • camparigirl
      camparigirl

      Thank you thank you thank you

      May 31, 2016
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