Before you read this I want you to understand, these are a series of letters to the first Presidential Family that I connected with; that I watched over the past nine years.This is not about the presidential election, or policies. This is a thank you note--from my point of view.
Nine years ago, I watched a family that could have been mine flood the headlines. Barack Hussein Obama II, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama, Malia Ann Obama and Natasha ‘Sasha’ Obama were in the running to become our 44th Presidential Family. As a sophomore in High School, I knew that this was big. I am no political savant, and like many Americans at that time, I knew the bare minimum. I took US history and knew about certain presidents and their policies, but I couldn’t compare his ideas against anyone else’s at the time. What I did know was that this was different. This was not an ordinary election--and they weren’t just another family vying for the coveted home on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Mr. and Mrs. Obama:
You showed the world what love looks like. Hard work, perseverance and trust in it’s rawest form. There’s a connection between you two that could not be calculated by even the most skilled director. It’s contagious and beautiful. It’s what true #relationshipgoals should emulate. While we will never know what is said behind closed doors, we’ve learned that setting boundaries is the only way to nurture a true partnership. You raised two smart, explorative, beautiful daughters in a world that has continually tried to frame black women as less than. You sang with us, cried with us, and laughed with us. We watched the world try to tear you down and still you all grew through the concrete.
You proved that love doesn’t always come from the most likely candidate, and that everyone deserves a chance. Thank you for showing me the true definition of consistency and that it’s okay to say yes every once in awhile (even to the summer intern). The love story heard around the world has been cited in magazines, newspapers, and in film. In this day and age we are surrounded by scandals, and love stories that started on the set of a movie or music video. When I learned about your relationship I could put myself in your shoes. I could image meeting my future husband post graduation at work, and being hesitant to date him due to certain innuendos that may come from it, but eventually throwing caution to the wind.
Thank you for not hiding and spreading your love so openly.
To Be Continued…
Three women going through life.