Happy Birthday, Barack Obama

Wishing a Happy Birthday to Barack Obama, our 44th President.

Light the candles for our 44th President, Barack Obama. Wish him breakfast in bed and a day of celebration with Michelle, Sasha, and Malia.

My head spins when I think back on the cataclysmic 12 years since Barack won the office of President in 2008. We the American people put every one of those gray hairs on his head in his eight years as President.

We honor Barack’s service in the Oval Office of the President and how he inspired the American people.

More tears of joy were shed over Barack’s election than any other President in the history of the United States. It was a transformative morning when the American people woke up to the announcement Barack was elected our 44th President. Videos of people sobbing streamed on our television screens over the grand significance of his election and the hopes it held.

portrait of President Obama by Kehinde Wiley
Kevin Dewilde’s portrait of President Obama hangs in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian

Have you sent Barack a birthday card?

On Melania’s birthday, I sent her a card with a little something tucked inside to thank her for the dynamic job she is doing as First Lady. Presidents are human, and we should uplift them and hold them in esteem. Pray for them and be thankful for them. And send them birthday cards.

We, the American people, are a handful with diverse opinions and ideals. At times we act like rabid sports fans when our team does not win. Some of us cannot sleep nights or want to pack-up and move to Canada, or so we say. So, depending on your team, you may or may not want to mail off a birthday card.

August 4th holds importance to me

I have something even more auspicious to celebrate on August 4, the birth of our gorgeous son!

And our son’s birth certificate is a tad easier to find than Barack’s…tee-hee.

Let us not get embroiled over politics of the past. Dream dreams and celebrate liberty, united as one nation under God, and strive for liberty and justice for all.

Image courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Copyright Kehinde Wiley, 2018

SOURCE: https://npg.si.edu/object/npg_NPG.2018.16?destination=edan-search/default_search%3Freturn_all%3D1%26edan_q%3Dbarack%2520obama,

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Pres. George HW Bush from the Greatest Generation

George Herbert Walker Bush shakes hands with crowd at Springfield, Missouri, Airport
It was a pleasure shaking your hand, Mr. President

Kindness passed from Bush 41 to Me in Happenstance

In 1992, I shook the hand of President Herbert Walker Bush when he landed at the airport in Springfield, Missouri, on a campaign stop.

I was one of a crowd who wanted to connect with our President that day, and I was three rows back. Mindful of no one in the crowd but me, I was pushing my arm as close to the President as possible when a complete stranger in front, grabbed me by the wrist and pulled my hand forward, into the hand of President George Walker Bush.

I have no idea who this stranger was, but he gave his opportunity to shake the President’s hand to me.

I never got to say “Thank-You!” to that stranger.

In that way, a stranger passed the kind ways of President Bush to me, in happenstance.

Shaking the hand of George Herbert Walker Bush
Crowds gathered to shake the hand of 41