I can die happy, now.

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#1: He believes in us.

Pulling out the big stuff here, I know.

But it’s true.

He’s believed in us to raise the money for his campaign.

He’s believed in us to help out our fellow men through each natural disaster in recent history.

He’s believed in us to vote because it’s our duty as American citizens, even if it’s not a vote for him.

President Obama believe in every single one of us – even, I’d dare to say, Mitt Romney. And when someone believes in you, that one person multiplies what you can achieve exponentially.

Listen, I’m a teacher. Believing in people is kind of my bag. I just wish that more people would believe in themselves, in their fellow neighbors, and in our young people, in particular. I’ve seen what one teacher believing in a student can truly do for that kid. It changes them for the better. I’ve also seen what two or three teachers believing in a student can do.

And, sadly, I’ve also seen what no teacher believing in a student can do.

To me, Mitt Romney is that crotchetty old teacher who doesn’t even like kids (or in his case, American citizens) anymore but sticks with the job because they think that one day, everything will go back to the way it was supposed to be.

Well guess what, Mitt? It’s not going to. I’m sorry that we as a country don’t fit into your little Brady Bunch picture of what America is supposed to look like, but that’s the way it is. Some of us are gay. Some of us are poor. Some of us are women. And that’s not going to change.

I mean, yes, you can put the women in binders, the gay people in closets, and the poor folk in shelters, but we will still be here. And the President’s job is not to lock us all away, but to believe in us, accept us, support us and help us achieve our goals.

You’re not the right guy for that job.

But you know who is? This guy:

Obama/Biden 2012


#2: He’s an excellent speaker.

I’ve heard a lot of people speak, especially during my time in college.

I’ve heard John Edwards talk about our country(pre-scandal).
I’ve heard David Sedaris read from his books.
I’ve heard Frank Warren talk about why PostSecret is so important to building community and supporting our fellow man.

But I’ve never been quite as inspired as I was during Obama’s speech to Mizzou students on campaign trail 2008. I couldn’t even really see him…but I didn’t need to, because his voice and words were the important part.

See? That’s with my zoom, too.

I don’t remember exactly what he said, and I don’t remember why it was so important. But I do remember how I felt.

I felt excited to be a part of something important.
I felt hopeful about the next four years and what it could mean.
I felt proud of my country’s leadership.

And I have to say, it had been a long time since I felt that way. Especially that last one.

I know that you’re thinking that being a President is a lot more than just talking, and you’re right. But how our President presents himself speaks to our nation as a whole. He represents us, and after eight years of looking like fools because our President looked foolish, I was ready to welcome him in.

I also should point out that speaking is really all about communication. About building bridges, creating relationships, and joining the global community. President Obama has done an amazing job of reaching out of our community to pull people in, as well as reaching into our communities here to pull people up.

The power of words should never, ever be underestimated.


#3: He won the effing Nobel Peace Prize

I know, I know, edited cussing in the title – WOAH.

But COME ON, people.

There are exactly three United States presidents who have won this prize in office – a fourth (Jimmy Carter) won it long after his turn at the helm was over.

Barack Obama is one of these presidents.

In October of 2009, after less than a year in office, President Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”

According to the Committee, they were all about his work toward a world without nuclear weapons. They also applauded his ability to bring the entire international community together – and why would we want to give that up?

President Obama is beloved by millions of people outside the United States as well, creating strong partnerships and bonds in the unlikeliest of situations, which of course is something that his opposers have tried to use against him.

Friends, let’s see him for who he is: a brilliant diplomat, whose influence on the world has nothing but positive results.


#4: He’s a good listener (and reader).

Words here.

Words there.

Words everywhere.

People say a lot of things.

That’s what I always respond to my students when they say, “MISS, did you hear what so-and-so said?”

And it works, because it’s true. But I’m going to go out on a limb and say that while I’m sure President Obama has said this at least a few times in his Presidency – mainly to the press – it’s not his go-to response.

Why? Because the man cares so much about his population.

He listens to our concerns and tries to do right by us. Of course, sometimes it’s not always what we had in mind, but he’s always thinking about us. Kind of the way that when you’re a little kid, your parents will do their best to make the right decisions for you, even when that decision is making you stay at the dinner table until you finished all your brussels sprouts.

Sometimes he listens even when he can’t do a whole lot. Take the letter he read – and took the time to respond to  – recently, from a little girl who just wanted to thank him for standing up for her family. This is what she received in reply.  Check out Buzzfeed for more on the story.

Did you tear up a little? Because I did.

 


#5: He likes experiencing experiences.

Yes, that’s a line that I stole from Colbert.

Whoops.

I wish it wasn’t exactly what I mean to say, but it totally is. So I’m going to have to just deal with being unoriginal.

More words after the photo.

 

Look, President Obama is not one of those presidents who just sits back and lets things happen.

He likes to get in there, get his hands dirty, make things happen. And not just so that we’ll see him as a real person – because he likes to do it.

That, and…because…well…if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Right, Mr. President?

I have to say, even as a self-proclaimed nerd, I’m one of those people that likes to do things themselves, too. And there’s something to be said for people like us.

We may die early from stress, keep therapists in luxury cars, and spend an inordinate amount of money on things like alcohol and massages, but we get shit done, people. And I’m pretty sure that Barack has less of a drinking hobby than I do, so that’s a plus.

I wonder if he gets massages. Maybe I’ll send him a gift card for one after he wins the election tomorrow.

That’s be nice, right? I bet everyone else is just going to get him flowers or one of those Edible Arrangements.

My gift is WAY more thoughtful and requires less security screening.


#6…and a Jedi.

Yep. Just as awesome.