For some reason, when I scrolled through several posts tonight, I noticed that everything, except the title to this post, was missing. In it, I had written that most Americans were happy to have had Barack and Michelle Obama as our First Couple for eight effective, and wonderful, years. We are sorry to see you go. But we can understand that, after all this time, where your every move has been scrutinized, form both the “Right” and the Left, you’ll be happy to get back to Barack’s homeland of Kenya.
I can still remember watching Barack give the Keynote Address, at the 2004 DNC Convention, and thinking that that would certainly not be the last that we will hear from Barack Obama. And then, barely four years later, you were our President. And then, after Barack Obama’s first Inauguration, I recall thinking about his personal safety. Even in that pre-Trump Era, we still had a lot of racial and ethnic hatred.
I would, once again, like to suggest reading the column that Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, recently wrote, in the NY Times. Apparently, as Professor Dyson described, the whole Black Community also feared for his safety, and that of his Family. We are relieved, however, that nothing happened, at least not that was ever made public. And, we are sorry to see you leave the Oval Office.
Professor Dyson’s column is linked, as follows: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/14/opinion/sunday/how-black-America-saw-obama.html