This article was first published in The Gardner News on January 21, 2017
Yesterday, we watched as Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States of America. We listened and watched as President Barack Obama served his final day in the White House. I started thinking about the great things President Obama did in office and how it has impacted my faith.
“This is your victory,” President Obama said in his 2008 victory speech. “The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep,” he said. “We may not get there in one year or even two terms. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.”
Many of those who voted for President Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, were seeking change. President Obama’s message of hope, his intelligence, his thoughtfulness, his decency, his integrity, his fine character, his grace under pressure and his good temperament are traits that he lived by every day.
No president has been perfect. Every president makes mistakes, some more than others. History will ultimately be the judge of Obama’s presidency. But, despite the challenges, he leaves office with many accomplishments. He was a truly and amazing president.
One of the lessons I learned the last four years was to never give up. President Obama saved the country from disaster. He saved the auto industry. Unemployment fell almost seven percent, and the stock market has nearly tripled.
He extended health insurance to 20 million Americans and made it possible for those with pre-existing health conditions to get insurance. President Obama supported marriage equality, repealed the military’s “don’t ask-don’t tell” policy and signed the Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
The president improved school nutrition programs, invested more in Veterans Affairs, and reduced the homeless rate among veterans by 50 percent. He appointed the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice and so much more. When things seemed impossible he pushed through and managed to accomplish great things.
When we are faced with impossible tasks, we too can face them head on and accomplish great things. It is easy to give up when things are tough, but instead we can push through and put our faith in God in order to make it to the other side.
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