Working for the Obama for America campaign in 2008 was one of the most significant experiences of my life. On January 20th of the following year, 2009, I stood with what seems like countless other citizens in the bracing, breathtaking cold of a DC day and watched Barack Obama vow to endeavor - with our help - to make this country a bit better than the state in which he found it prior to that day.
Over the past 8 years, I've been consistently impressed by the virtues, principles, humor, and deep humanity I've seen in President Obama. For what it's worth, watching him has helped me define and calcify many of these in myself, many of the views and principles I hold dear today.
Later that night back in 2009, after the Inauguration and the crowds and the balls, I stood in the company of other campaign staff at the last event of the night, the staff party. Last week, prior to getting on a plane to fly to Chicago to see Obama speak in person one last time as President at his Farewell Address, I went back to the videos and pictures I took in DC that first day I heard him speak as our President. Can't share the videos here, but here's a photo I took that day.
Campaigns are stirring. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. But I know the real work is done in the day to day. Here's to always working, each day, day after day, for a better world.
I've been struggling to find words to express how I feel about President Obama and every good thing relating to his campaign, his administration, his words and his actions as a human, a leader, and a citizen, and the lessons these provided and continue to provide for thoughtful, resolute, strong, impassioned, and compassionate living. I've now realized there may be no simpler or better way to do that than to say this:
Thanks for everything. #thanksobama