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Barack Obama: School’s out!
Thank you, President Obama! You served the country with dignity, grace, and honesty.
You accomplished a great deal in eight years. You pushed through health care reform, rescued the economy from the world-wide collapse that occurred under the previous administration, improved relations with Cuba, Iran, and western Europe, supported legislation protecting LGBTQ rights, revived Federal protection of civil rights for women and minorities, ended US policies on torture of prisoners, and gave amnesty to hundreds of nonviolent federal drug offenders. And you accomplished all of these initiatives, and more, while fighting the active opposition of a Republican congress intent on undercutting your administration at every turn.
We might point out that you didn’t fulfill certain campaign promises, such as ending the war in Iraq and Afghanistan – instead, the war has been extended to their neighbors, particularly Syria. And you did so primarily through drone warfare which has killed uncounted thousands of civilians, including many children. And you seemed, at times, far too cozy with Wall Street, letting them off the hook for causing the 2008 meltdown. And we have to add that your progress on dealing with climate change has been disappointing.
But right now, with your presidency sandwiched between those of the irresponsible Bush and the malevolent Trump, you’re looking very good. Admirable, in fact.
Please take a vacation. Then roll up your sleeves and get back to work. The country still needs you.
Copyright 2017 Michael Simms