Battling for hearts is like a dance in slow-motion. It involves the discernment to know when to push, when to pull, when to rest and when to let go. Our President, Mr. Barack Hussein Obama has done just that in his eight years in the highest seat in our country. He understood that politics is nothing if you can not win the hearts of the people and that requires being gentle, being bold, being confident, persistent and knowing when to be yielding.
When Esau met Jacob in the open field and asked him to come to Edom with him, Jacob told his brother that the pace of his four hundred men would “overdrive” his children, flock of sheep and herds in one day and all the flock would die. Jacob added and sealed his desire by asking his brother to go on ahead and that he would ‘lead on softly’ with the cattle and that by doing so ‘the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord.’
Surely, our President and all our presidents are like shepards. Some of them have been great, others held the line, some even floundered. Historians, pundits and intellectuals will cast light on President Obama’s legacy in the time to come, as they do on all former presidents. His actions will be scrutinized and seen in hind sight, especially as the effect of his labors draw out over time. From my limited vantage point, I see a dad and a man who seemed to win hearts, even a coach who steered domestic and foreign policy with the aim of making things better for everyone, however it be that not everyone agreed with his course of actions. I did vote for him twice and then went ahead and voted for in-coming President-elect Donald S.Trump. I am glad I voted for President Obama though. America needed a breath of fresh political air. It was not his smile or charm, but his ability to reach hearts. His ability to inspire change in both his supporters and detractors. A gentleman, he raised the level of the game and made it so that from now on, the winning and sustaining of rapport with new generations was as important as prioritizing the importance of the American economy. Job growth and the rise of innovative industries, attempting to better health care and being the steward during a time of growing energy independence could not have been possible had he not first gained the hearts of so many.
As our first President who came from a white mother and a black father, his presence in the Oval Office signaled a sharp course correction that amplified across the world that said, ‘America is alive and trucking forward with all its lights on.’ We continue to be the holders of a special scepter on earth. With us, more than anywhere else in the world, is fairness, justice, opportunity and a very deep sense of brotherhood in the midst of our shortcomings, social ills and imbalances. The United States of America is not perfect and their are tremendous issues before us. The work of future presidents and legislators is great. There is much to be done, and yet…much was done in the last eight years. The president was a builder. The young black child was filled with hope that someone possibly like him could attain to the highest office. The hard-working men and women servant leaders who take care of our towns and nation experienced within their generation a time when the black man and woman was refused a place to eat and even go to the restroom at the local diner as well as a time when the down-trodden black man and women was elected to lead the country, make laws, hold Cabinet positions in the White House and even become the First Lady of America.
Mr. President, you inspired me to be a better man. It is as if you reached out and cared for me. I know that you care. I see that you built up the good walls of people’s faith that the U.S of A. is a land where great things are possible, no matter what our station in life.