Has reality set in for y’all yet? After reading #PresidentObama’s exit memo we have to take #JoeBiden’s advice to #DonaldTrump and be adults about this.
The letter was a bit lengthy but when you have to wrap up how you changed the world in 8 years, we don’t expect it to be short and
Along with his cabinet members, Obama shared in an exit memo covering the progress the Obama Administration has made, their vision of the United States’ future, and the footwork that needs to take place in order to complete their vision.
“To my fellow Americans,
Eight years ago, America faced a moment of peril unlike any we’d seen in decades.
A spiraling financial crisis threatened to plunge an economy in recession into a deep depression. The very heartbeat of American manufacturing – the American auto industry – was on the brink of collapse. In some communities, nearly one in five Americans were out of work. Nearly 180,000 American troops were serving in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the mastermind of the worst terror attack on American soil remained at large. And on challenges from health care to climate change, we’d been kicking the can down the road for way too long.
But in the depths of that winter, on January 20, 2009, I stood before you and swore a sacred oath. I told you that day that the challenges we faced would not be met easily or in a short span of time – but they would be met. And after eight busy years, we’ve met them – because of you…”
He continues to write about education and the new statistics that mirror his efforts. Did y’all know that high school graduation rates are at an all time high according to the charts in his letter?!
He shines light on the growth in marriage equality, veteran-experienced homelessness refuge, and America’s “overall ability” to prove that “we can!” He says that with that proof, he believes that we can move forward and progress.
“It is you who will make our future progress possible,” he writes.
Before signing off, he alludes to how The Trump Administration has plans to hit some of his policies with the reverse card.
“What won’t help is taking health care away from 30 million Americans, most of them white and working class; denying overtime pay to workers, most of whom have more than earned it; or privatizing Medicare and Social Security and letting Wall Street regulate itself again — none of which middle-class Americans voted for.”
He ends the letter,
“It has been the privilege of my life to serve as your President And as I prepare to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen, I’m proud to say that we have laid a new foundation for America. A new future is ours to write. And I’m as confident as ever that it will be led by the United States of America – and that our best days are still ahead.”
Check out the full letter here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/cabinet/exit-memos
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