These Swan Song Letters To President Obama Will Make you Cry Tears of Joy
In exactly five weeks, on January 20th, Barack Obama will no longer be our President of the United States. Assuming the electoral college does not do anything, we will be stuck with Donald Trump and his cabinet of deplorables for a hard four years. If there was ever a sign of true regression in US history, it would be this presidential transition.
Despite this, President Obama has given us a solid eight years with its ups and lows. Many critics point out that he did continue a lot of the military-industrial/anti-civil liberties programs started by President Bush, but others point out several successes that genuinely helped the American people, from stopping the Great Recession to helping millions of individuals get healthcare via the Affordable Care Act.
His good deeds have been genuinely appreciated by numerous citizens that suffered during the Bush years, and as you can expect, a large number of them have written to the President expressing their gratitude. In the waning years of the Obama Administration, his White House has taken to publishing several of these on the site for all constituents to view. Some of these are humorous and some of these are heartbreaking, yet all of them are ultimately heartwarming. Check out some excerpts below:
“In my early twenties I was dropped my mother’s insurance plan. At that time there was no way I could afford my own insurance. Having suffered from depression in my teen years, I was flagged as uninsurable due to a pre-existing condition. As a free-lance artist I had to work full time jobs to make a living. None of these places of employment offered insurance that was affordable or comprehensive. The few times that I needed to seek medical help, I went into major debt and had to opt for payment plans. Some of these bills took years to pay off. Even receiving basic preventative care seemed like a far off dream.
Now at age thirty-four I am in the time of my life where I have decided to seriously pursue my goals as a professional artist. Since my work is physically demanding ( painting large scale murals), I need to be in tip top health. The idea of taking care of myself so I CAN live out my dreams jumped to the front of my mind. There is too much work to be done in my lifetime to take my health lightly, so I quit smoking, began exercising regularly, improved my diet, and also began daily meditation to help with anxiety. Still, there are medical issues I hadn’t addressed due to the fear of not being able to afford treatment.
My fears subsided when I qualified for health care coverage under the Iowa Medicaid Expansion Act. For the first time in a long time I had a sense of hope. It occurred to me that I am a great example of how the Affordable Care Act benefits ordinary citizens like me.”
Since 2000 I have been a registered Republican and a Fox News fan. I have spent the last 13 years in the Army deploying to Venezuela, Peru, Colombia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, all in a very conservative environment. I also want you to know that I voted for you twice and that I am extremely grateful to have you as my Commander and Chief. Thank you for getting us out of Iraq. I am currently being medically separated, due to having multiple and unexplained blood clots, and I could not be more appreciative. I have all my limbs, no Traumatic Brain Injury, and no PTSD. Thank you for the lives you have saved, both military and civilian.
Our daughter (Renaissance Forster) is a 13 year old African American. We reside in Watts which is located in South Los Angeles, California. Watts is renowned for its riots, poverty, drug abuse, and gang infestation.
In spite of her dismal environment, Renaissance has earned a 4.0 GPA. We are sending you a copy of her report card to encourage you in your endeavors as President. No matter how bad things appear, there is always success through hard work.
Hello my name is Mari and I’m 8 years old, I live in Flint, Michigan and I’m more commonly known around town as “Little Miss Flint”. I am one of the children that is effected by this water, and I’ve been doing my best to march in protest and to speak out for all the kids that live here in Flint. This Thursday I will be riding a bus to Washington, D.C. to watch the congressional hearings of our Governor Rick Snyder. I know this is probably an odd request but I would love for a chance to meet you or your wife. My mom said chances are you will be too busy with more important things, but there is a lot of people coming on these buses and even just a meeting from you or your wife would really lift people’s spirits. Thank you for all that do for our country.
In March of 2010, I passed out at work, and found out soon after that I had a rare type of leukemia — acute lymphoblastic leukemia with the Philadelphia chromosome, to be specific.
I went to the Cleveland Clinic and was placed in a great program on their leukemia floor, where I would fight for my life. While I was there, my sister Connie Anderson was asked to introduce the President at an event in Strongsville, Ohio.
Then one day, the President sent me a note, then another — and even called me on the phone. I couldn’t believe it. Connie and my brother Ken were able to go to the signing of the Affordable Care Act, and later I finally got to meet the President myself in Parma, Ohio.
I really believe all of the excitement helped keep me alive. And today, I’m happy to say that I’m cancer-free.
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