There is a magnet on my refrigerator, with President Obama’s image, that says I am a member of his honorary kitchen cabinet. I remember the impression he made on me when he spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. I told my son then that this man was going to be our next president. My son laughed, “What was the chance of a black man, with the name Barack Hussein, winning an election in our country?” But, lest we forget, he did win, and in this United States.
As I browsed YouTube recently, I watched Obama’s speech to the White House Correspondents’ Association in 2016.
It was wonderful to remember how proud I was that we had a president who was intelligent, funny, sensitive to the needs of others, and dedicated to giving his best to this difficult job of leading a country.
So, here is another cigar box assemblage, which was made during President Obama’s first years in office. The words above his image formally said, “Yes, we can!” I later changed them to, “Yes, we try!” It isn’t a wonderful work of art, but it reminds me of all the obstacles that he faced.
It also reminds me to keep trying; and to not lose hope.