Cecil Robinson, Caleb Britt, & Carlie Garrett
Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, marked the ending of the Obama era and the beginning of a new chapter for the nation. The world watched as the Obamas took their last steps in the place they called home for eight years.
Three young adults who were middle schoolers when the Obamas first entered the White House are forever changed by the Obamas. Here are a few things they taught us.
First, they showed us that you can come from nothing and still achieve greatness. Before he became president, Barack Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a Caucasian mother and a black Kenyan father. Like many others, Barack had to overcome many obstacles in life. Barack started his journey to presidency by attending and graduating from Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he met the woman who would be the 44th first lady of the United States, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson.
She was born on the Southside of Chicago to two hard-working parents who believed that she could achieve anything.
With that assurance instilled in her, she went on to attend and graduate from Princeton University and from Harvard Law School.
Secondly, they taught us the importance of being aware of social and economic issues by taking on the matters in their community and the world. Their goal was to bring social, racial and economic issues to light. Until the end of his presidency, they worked tirelessly to make the nation a place where all could be accepted, valued and respected.
One of the areas Obama wanted to improve was the economy. According to cbsnews.com, Obama added 13.7 million new jobs over a 69-month streak of job growth to ensure a more proficient economy in 2015.
Because of their accomplishments during Barack’s presidency, two African-American male students and a Caucasian female student can come together to reflect on one of America’s most influential presidential couples. We are excited to see what the Obamas do next as they continue to impact lives and motivate the world.