Remembering President Obama

Yes, we can!

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.

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