I’ve spent the last few evenings watching the Democratic National Convention and, like so many, I’m going to miss President Obama and Vice President Biden. I remember sitting on a hill sloping down underneath the golden crown of the Old Capital building in Iowa City, with thousands of other students in 2007 eagerly awaiting the arrival of presidential hopeful Barack Obama. I was approaching graduation, nervous about my future but also dreaming big dreams. Then a Senator, Barack Obama was eloquent, charming, intelligent but most importantly, he too, was a big dreamer – only his dreams were for this country. I sat in awe and left with a feeling of optimism, opportunity and possibility, a combination very few can evoke like he can. A year and a half later, I sat on the floor just feet from the television and watched as the numbers came in and Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States. I was witnessing history in the making. Tears rolled down my face (because I’m an emotional sucker) as I watched him, his wife and his two girls take the stage in Chicago for that historic victory speech. I’ll never forget that moment. On November 4, 2008 America elected its first black president. It was one of those patriotic moments that come along every once in awhile – I had never been so proud to be an American.
It was history in the making.
So when Matty, Seth and I watched as he took the stage on Wednesday to give one of, in my opinion, his best speeches yet (and maybe ever) it was a bittersweet moment. During his two terms in office I’ve started a career and a family, I’ve aged nearly a decade. In a lot of ways, I’ve grown up (and grayed) with this President. He is the first President I’ve felt a strong allegiance to and despite the critics (and a lot of asshats out there), I’m proud of what he’s accomplished in the last eight years. I’ll miss him. I’ll miss Joe Biden and the first lady, too, but now it’s time to change the tides. It’s time for “first ladies” to be a thing of the past.
It’s time for America to elect its first female President. Not just because she’s a female but because she’s the best and most qualified candidate in the race, she just so happens to be a woman….
JUST KIDDING, YOU GUYS (lighten up):
“In America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it. We’re going to help you balance family and work. And you know what, if fighting for affordable child care and paid family leave is playing the “woman card,” then Deal Me In!”
Because as Joe Biden might say, the other guy is just a bunch of malarkey. Come on! We’re America!