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Obama Out: A British Reflection on the Past Eight Years

Today is a monumental day in history. Obama is out, Trump is in. Ironically Trump and I have one and only thing in common we are both moving house today. Him into the White House and us into the Whyte House. (My surname is Whyte, in case you didn’t understand the pun) .

I remember this week 8 years ago vividly. I ran home from school and parked myself in front of the television for the rest of the evening. Barack Obama was being inaugurated as the President of the United States. I am not sure why but American politics is so much more exciting and glamourous than UK politics. I was hooked on the whole presidential debate that year. On my fridge I still have an Obama/ Biden fridge magnet.

I loved the whole ceremony, from Rev. Al Sharpton’s speech to Beyonce singing. The pomp and ceremony of it all is brilliant. You don’t really get that in the UK. That is what we are missing! I’d love Little Mix to perform on the front steps of Downing Street before Theresa May walked out. Okay maybe not.

I love all the Obamas. They seem to be the right mix of approachable, relatable and wanting to make a difference. They don’t mind taking the mickey out of themselves and are good humoured. I feel we are laughing with Obama as opposed to laughing at Bush. And face palming at Trump.

The last few months I get all emotional when there’s another montage of Obama’s best bits. I spent days laughing my head off at the Biden/Obama memes. It took me a few days to work up the emotional courage to watch Baracks last speech after Michelle’s made me weep. I am going to be sad to see them go. I loved this article showing some beautiful photos too.

I recently finished reading “Dreams From My Father”, this was Obama’s first book. It was written before he was even voted as Senator. It tells the story of his childhood, his heritage, moving to the Philippines and visiting his family in Kenya. It was a wonderful book. Extremely honest. Again he is very relatable. He didn’t grow up with money, he’s worked in the slums of Chicago. He knows what poverty is. He’s experienced it.  Obama is the People’s President in my eyes. He wants to make a difference.  As for his successor… I am not sure he is as much ‘down with da people’. I feel he is that kid in class that used to put themselves up for class rep for a joke. They made a ridiculous speech full of unrealistic promises like no homework and 3 hour lunches. People voted for them because it was funny. Trump is that guy.  He is the joke candidate.

I know I don’t normally get too political on here but this had to be documented that…


1 thought on “Obama Out: A British Reflection on the Past Eight Years

  1. I read his book too and really enjoyed it. They were my favourite US First Family and even though I know not everything should be seen through the rose-coloured glasses, he was releatable, able to laugh at himself (and his own jokes) and the fact that he tried to improve lives of ordinary Americans speaks volumes. I know many people in the US, some of my own family as well, and not everybody is keen on seeing a NHS like service, which to me is completely baffling.

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