It was Tuesday, November 4, 2008, my senior year of college. I sat in my Tallahassee apartment alone watching CNN for hours. It was election night and it was the first election I had ever voted and it would potentially be the very first time America would ever see a black president. The energy was just different that night. It felt like wow, he could really do it, but there was also that doubt because lets be real, they'll never let a black man run the country. For obvious historical reasons, I didn't want to get my hopes up too high; after all, it was already a big deal seeing Obama win the Democratic nominee over Hillary Clinton.
But then all of a sudden I heard screams coming from a few buildings over. "Obama!!!", the voice shouted. Moments later CNN announced it and it was official, I lived to see America elect it first black president. None of my roommates was home at the time, so I had no one to celebrate with at that instance. I didn't know what to do, so I got in my car and drove to onto campus and I swear, this was one of the single greatest benefits of attending an HBCU. The campus was so turned up, I would say lit but we weren't saying lit back in 08. Man, the pride transcended among the crowded campus that night will stay with me forever. Then Jeezy predicted Obama's victory and made an anthem with, "My president is black…" and you know how the rest goes. President Barack Obama will always be the most real, most down to earth and influential president in US history. We knew his terms wouldn't last forever, but we didn't think eight years would fly by so quickly.
He looked like me President Obama did so much for black people. You may have missed the point though if you were expecting reparations or forty acres and a mule. Nah, just his mere presence in D.C. was enough. To see the leader of the most powerful nation look just like me, a black man was enough confirmation that anything is indeed possible. He was smooth too, and very in touch with his culture. He had the walk down and could even hold a note when he sang the Classic Al Green song. I'll never forget the photo and story of the young boy who wanted to see if President Obama's hair felt like his; that moment speaks volumes.
He Was Scandal Free Growing up and really only knew two other presidents and each of them had a scandal attached to them. Bill "I was getting some head, getting-getting some head" Clinton and Georg Bush "Hates Black People" (word to Kanye). Nah, Obeezy was scandal free with the exception of Malia puffing on a joint, but hell maybe she didn't inhale. Although I'm proud that he had a clean eight years in office, it reminds me that he had to be damn near perfect just to get by in D.C. I always feel that just because a person is talented or gifted enough that they make tasks or obligations look easy that it sometimes overshadows the fact that it's not, in fact sometimes it's damn near impossible. Like back in 2011 when Blake Griffin won the slam-dunk contest by jumping over the hood of a Kia to slam-dunk. Many people thought that it was too easy, but y thought was, how many people could just jump over the hood of a Kia or a go-cart for that matter without a basketball in your hand? Again, President Obama passed the test with flying colors; no Watergate, no 9/11, no sexual relations with that woman.
The Obama's Jumped Over The Huxtables Before Bill Cosby's past caught up with him, his television family from The Cosby Show used to be the epitome of a black successful family. Growing up all knew was that Cliff, Cosby's character was a doctor and his wife Clair, played by Phylicia Rashad was a successful Attorney. They had four kids, and although Rudy was closer to my age, my crush was the second oldest, Vanessa and no, not because she was light-skinned.
Ok, let me get back to the point. For decades we looked up to the Huxtables and no one really cared that they weren't even a real family, they were fictional and were the best we had on a TV platform. President Obama's families are tangible, and hold the highest title of all in America, First Family. No disrespect to anyone's family dynamic, I am the product of a blended family myself. But it was refreshing and also reassuring to see President Obama, a black man; married to a beautiful sista with no outside children was just astounding, now those are "Bae Goals".
He Will Be Missed When President Obama was inaugurated in January of 2009, supporters crowded the National Mall just to witness the history of the defining moment. I recall president Bush flying over the ceremony, as it is customary for the sitting president to do so until the incoming president is sworn in. As Bush flew over the crowd they laughed and sang in harmony, "Hey, hey, hey…Goodbye" Nah, it'll likely be a sombre day for President Obama's departure from the White House.
President Obama will go down as the greatest president ever in my book. You might've missed it though if you were expecting him to personally walk into your house and sit on your couch and start granting you wishes like a genie. President of the United States of America, the job many will never apply or qualify for but will highly criticise the person who does. For the ones asking, but what did he do? My answer is, he was there, and that's all I needed to see him do so that you could have confidence and do the rest.