It is no secret that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have grave concerns about the direction this great nation will go in under the leadership of Donald Trump. This situation is also intensely personal for them, since Donald Trump’s first foray into politics was leading the so-called “birther” movement. This was, of course, the racist lie that President Obama was really born in Kenya and therefore was an illegitimate president. So, while giving her farewell address to Americans, it’s no surprise that Mrs. Obama did not mince words. Speaking to an adoring audience, she said of the state of the nation, and addressed those who will miss her so very much:
Build a country worthy of your boundless promise…and I will be with you.”
This is beautiful, but also has a double meaning, I believe. The First Lady knows of the horrific plans that Trump and the GOP Congress have for this nation. They are busily appointing every racist, homophobe, transphobe, misogynist, conspiracy theorist, and every other kind of bigot imaginable to some of the most powerful positions in the American government. Therefore, there are dark days ahead, but it seems Mrs. Obama wanted to warn Republicans that their vision for America is not the vision of the American people. Their divisiveness will not be tolerated by the masses, and they are hereby on notice that they will be challenged if they try to force their extreme positions into law.
Thank you, Michelle Obama, for being the best First Lady we’ve seen in our lifetimes.
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— Julia Macfarlane (@juliamacfarlane) January 6, 2017
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Shannon Barber is a self- described queer feminist and activist for racial equality, LGBT rights, women’s rights, and secular rights in America. She is a lifelong lover of words, though her educational background is in computer science. She currently writes for 2 liberal websites, and keeps her own humor blog for lesbians. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.