‘I Don’t Wanna Let You Go’ — A Bittersweet Tribute To President Barack Obama (VIDEO)

I think for many of us who love President Barack Obama, it’s just now sinking in: in just a few months, he will no longer be our president.

As excited as most of us are about making history when we elect our first Madam President, Hillary Clinton, we’re going to be grieving the loss of this amazing man, one of the most popular presidents in our history.

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As liberals, we’re pretty good at supporting our candidates, even if we sometimes /facepalm and sigh when they screw up. But with Barack Obama, it’s different somehow. For many of us, he WAS the revolution.

Near the end of his second term, Pres. Obama’s approval rating stands at a crazy high of 55 percent.

A meme my brand new niece-in-law shared with me:

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A few of the many reasons we admire him so much.

  1. Seeing how he loves our beautiful First Lady and his daughters serves as a model for all husbands and fathers.
  2. He has a hella long list of huge accomplishments.
  3. He has a fabulous sense of humor.
  4. He heals our wounded souls when we need it most.
  5. He’s always the adult in the room.
  6. He has saved our economy and made our lives better.
  7. He’s been the most productive “lame duck” in U.S. history.

 

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Since I’m writing this, I can add a personal note. I’d be dead if it weren’t for Barack Obama. Because of pre-existing conditions, I was never allowed to buy health insurance as a self-employed person. Thanks to that one little clause in Obamacare that makes it illegal for insurance companies to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, I now have health insurance.

One month ago, I nearly died from an acute digestive tract infection that I’d probably not even have gone to the doctor for had I not had insurance. I would have done my best to self-treat at home, where I’d not have had access to four days of IV antibiotics.

Thanks, Obama. From the bottom of my heart, and from my loved ones who love and need me, thank you.

When Republicans ask me “what has Obama done for you,” I tell them that if — in his ENTIRE presidency — he did nothing BUT make it possible for me to buy health insurance, that would have been enough for me to say that he did more for me personally than ANY politician has ever done.

But he’s done so much more than save my life, which is really just a very small speck in the universe. He’s changed America. You can read about his many accomplishments here and here and here and here and here and here and here.

I don’t need to say much more. I’ve already said too much because I really just want all of you to watch this video and smile — and maybe shed a few bittersweet tears as I have whilst writing this. This entire article began because I wanted to share this video with you guys, and it turned into something huge. Sorry about that!

I’ve always (ALWAYS) said “I don’t love any politician — I just support the ones who share my values.” Barack Obama changed that.

We’re going to miss him so much. We know you love us, President Obama. And we love you right back.

Tiffany Willis Clark is a fifth-generation Texan and the founder and editor-in-chief of Liberal America and AmReading.com. An unapologetic member of the Christian Left, she had a long and successful career actively working with at-risk youth, people struggling with poverty and unemployment, and disadvantaged and oppressed populations. She’s passionate about their struggles. In 2011, she made the decision to pursue her dreams and become a full-time writer. Connect with her on LinkedIn, follow her on Twitter, and like her Facebook page.