Seeing the Possibilities
By: Michael Bries
When Obama came into office, hope was something that came from that experience. The Obama campaign showed what could come with fierce determination. His time in the office was graceful and he handled it with true class and admiration unlike none that I have ever seen.
Growing up, I came from a city with low socioeconomic standing. Much like the environment that Barack Obama came from on the Southside of Chicago, there were similar problems that I had faced in my city. Crime, drugs, and gangs, were a common lifestyle for the people that had lived there. Moreover, the people that made up that population were majority Black or Hispanic. Growing up in this environment implied that this was what Black people were good for: gangbanging, addiction to drugs, and being homeless.
He and I had the same up bringing. Despite these struggles, he made it. He reached the highest position in which our country has ever seen when it came it an African-American. Everything that the Obama Family and the Obama Administration did, spoke to me. It was like watching my generational icon who was on par with Martin Luther King. Obama being in office showed me that, I, too, could be the president with hopes of making the world better place. It is really crazy to begin to fathom the impact that he has made being that the reflection of all that he has done is still relatively fresh.
What I can see that he has done so far is the health care action he has pushed forward. The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) allowed a good percentage of people in the states to get health insurance. Something that continues to rise in price and makes the average American have to work more and more harder for something that feels like it should be a basic human right. Obama showed me that we could love others and still have grace and passion for one another. The biggest and most notable element that came from him is the grace that was showed throughout the entire eight years of his administration. It really challenged stereotypes of Blacks people that are usually pushed forward.
Obama was none of those things, he was all his own being.