#yeswecan

Monica

...and we couldn't be more proud and honored to have called your our first family. Thank you, for everything.
#44th #theobamas #yeswecan #yeswedid πŸ™ŒπŸΎ

lanileelikes

I could lie and say I haven't burst into sporadic bouts of tears over the impending implosion so let's #tbt to when I purchased this shirt some 8 years ago. #farewellobama #texansforobama #yeswecan

Jess Davis

With gratitude, Mr. President
#yeswecan #yeswedid #yeswewill

Tori Anne

I feel very grateful that my first time voting was for a black man and even more grateful that he turned out to be one of the greatest things that happened to this country πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈβœŒοΈ So much love for this man ❀ #lovetrumpshate #barackobama #yeswecan

K. Greene

#Repost traci821: One last time... My President is Black!!!#obamafarewell #Forever44 #YesWeCan #YesWeDid #YesWeWill

Megan Colette

#tbt January 20, 2009 πŸ’™ I was in my senior year of high school when Obama was elected and my school held a trip to Washington D.C. to attend the inauguration. I was freezing and surrounded by a million people but I will always be so grateful to have been there that day. Going to miss you, Barry. I still believe that #yeswecan πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ #obama #barry #44 #2009 #hope #change #thanksobama

Ariana Teran

'09-'17
You will be missed. β€’Quick edit by meβ€’ #illustrator

TheBeautyBean

Our work begins now! πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ‘ŠπŸΌπŸ‘ŠπŸ½πŸ‘ŠπŸΎπŸ‘ŠπŸΏ

E L L E ' S E D I T

Couldn't let you go without saying goodbye! You were the first president I ever voted for and l will always remember the energy and hope that filled the streets of New York City when you won that first term. I know we will get back to that positivity and optimism in time, but for now, thank you for being you πŸ’– {πŸ“Έ: @terryrichardson, 🎨: @iscreamcolour} #obama #farewell #yeswecan

Kayla Pearl

We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense. - Barack Obama | #ThanksObama #MyPresidentIsBlack #YesWeCan ❀

Jeff Matarrese

In the summer of 2004, before heading into my sophomore year of high school, I heard Barack Obama speak for the first time at the DNC in Boston. Watching the coverage I was captivated by this young Illinois senator with a message of hope and unity and love of the opportunities that America can promise. But it was more than just blind optimism, progress means work and diligence in collaboration with our neighbors. I declared that night I would be voting for this man for president in my first election. I'm proud to have supported him in 2008 and 2012. He was not perfect, but the thoughtfulness and grace with which he held the Office was impressive. On the eve of his departure from the White House his words from 2004 feel just as relevant and powerful as the first time I heard them, "It is that fundamental belief: I am my brothers keeper, I am my sisters keeper; that makes this country work. It's what allows us to pursue our individual dreams and yet still come together as one American family". As we descend into a dark four years ahead let us unite and remember that you, me, and 65.8 million of our friends can be a powerful voice for positive change. Thank you, President @barackobama.

_lareinamora

You've done us a great justice by serving our country. Thank you. #yeswecan

Colleen Conway

Love will always win. Together, we rise ❀️ #yeswecan #yeswedid #yeswewillagain #gohigh

♉️ goofy

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." ~ Barack Obama πŸ‘£ #thankyouobama #yeswecan #beyonce #atlast

Mia Togo

Thank you @barackobama for the 8 years. So grateful for all you created, you will be missed but not forgotten. #yeswecan πŸ‘ŠπŸΎπŸ™πŸ½πŸ’œ

Chrystal

2008. Let's do the time warp again. #tbt

Kyron Whitfield

January 20, 2009 - then
I woke up early with my family. We were excited and honored to walk the crowded & energetic streets of Washington, D.C. in order to witness @BarackObama get sworn in as the 44th President of the United States. There was a sense of accomplishment for our people and our nation. We wore a true sense of pride for who we are and thanksgiving for those who helped us make it to that day with each step taken.

January 20, 2017 - now
Some things are different. Like many people, I've asked lots of questions. What's my next step? What am I personally responsible for? What is the best way to get there?

I've come up with a few things that must be at the core of whatever plan there is. Always #believe that the world is a good place with good people from diverse backgrounds. Continue to have #hope for the future. Act knowing that #YesWeCan can progress towards positive #change...together. Those ideals all still hold true 8 years later.

The biggest difference now is being prepared to fight (peacefully of course) for this way of life. These thoughts have been and will continue to be challenged in both words and action. So many cliche saying come to mind - "Something worth having is worth fighting for" I know equality, freedom of the press, human decency, the right to practice religion, value of education and a host of other things are worth it.
Lessons learned...
It takes a WE, not a (S)HE to make a difference. We can't become disenchanted or complacent in good times or difficult ones. We have to hold each other accountable.

That's my dream and prayer. Amen.

Monty the Maltipoo

My most important job is taking care of my mom, especially when she's sad and scared πŸ’•πŸ˜’ #workingdog #lovemymom #lovetrumpshate #pleasedontgo #loveisallyouneed #yeswecan #myhuman #aspie #maltipoo

Beth L.

Saddened that today is this man's last day. That there will be no more "Bromance" between him and VP Biden to witness. 😒 Thank you President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Biden for showing this country "Yes We Can. "
I will never forget 2008, where I was and with whom, and the monumental photo I was participating in with friends, the excitement and the hope felt amongst strangers... and then again in 2012 along with anticipation to once again here Barack Obama be announced as President. ❀️Thank you for your service, for your vision, for your positive change, your jokes and swag 😎, and most important for making HISTORY as the first black president. #YesWeCan #YesWeDid #Unity #InUnity #Alwaysmypresident #BarackObama #Obamas #Biden #historical #WeWillMissYou πŸŽ₯ @thewhitehouse

Manamana

Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can.
Stopped by The White House to say good bye and thank you to President Obama.
2016.08.29.

#thankyou #obama #usa #DC #president #yeswecan #lastsummer

Zazaroxy Art & Illustration

Wanted to encourage you my USA friends for the Women's March across your country tomorrow. I am with you even from Quebec, Canada✊🏻 #womensmarch #feminist #womensupportingwomen #yeswecan #notmypresident #zazaroxy

Jaime Zaragoza-Maldonado

here's a 100% real pic
you weren't perfect mr president but you gave us some hope. thanks obama
#yeswecan #fdt

rachel β–½ koelzer

// flashback to 2008, at the height of my activism, in terms of time, knowledge of current events, and passion for politics and social issues.
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I spent years after leaving MSU eschewing politics β€” slightly ironic considering I had belonged to the Public Policy college. I was burnt out, fatigued from my own strife-filled personal life and feeling powerless. Those years after were filled with some of the toughest times. Frequent partying, depression, anxiety, apathy. I found other ways to be active in my community, but I shrank the world around me. Then, life changed again. I found yoga, a great therapist, I worked on myself intensely. I spent a few years, more interested in the world around me, filled with more hope and light, but I still avoided large-scale issues and activism. It was too painful.
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Looking back, I see a circle. The first bit, a focus too external. I was always worried about others, their thoughts and opinions and feelings. I didn't place any value upon myself, and I grew resentful and angry and afraid, spawning selfishness, when the world didn't move as I wanted it to. In the second shift, I turned inward. I learned more about self-care, self-love. I focused on myself β€” now less as a reaction to hurt, more with a need to forgive and love. I really tried to learn myself inside and out.
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Things have begun to shift in the past few months, largely sparked by my shift in racial identity and this year's abhorrent election. I'm still figuring out the balance between focusing on others and taking care of myself, and I suspect it's a road I'll be on for most of my life. And I'm ok with that. Right now, I feel the pull to act again. To use my growing sense of self, of roots grounded deep within me, to now branch outward again.
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Here's to the first march/rally I participated in at 19. Now, nearly 10 years later, with yet another president on the horizon, I will march again. This time, a little less euphoric, with a little more weight on my shoulders and heaviness in my heart, but with a heart still expanding and hoping and believing that together, we can.

Amy Cash

"Why do we have to say goodbye?" Thank you, President @barackobama. Your dignity, compassion and leadership have been a joy to watch the past 8 years. You are the first president that I ever voted for, and words cannot adequately express how much I am going to miss seeing you and your family (including the Bidens) in the White House. Thank you for reminding me when I am nervous and fearful for the future the importance of having hope. #thanksobama #onelasttime

Jorge

Every single year i had a book report or a bhm project id always choose you. I learned racism through elementary and when i found out at eight years old my first president was black i was happy. I read all about you, your childhood, early government accomplishments etc. i remember the day bin laden was killed and how u set it up. I remember waking up at 11 years old looking at a sunny may sky and hearing about how we wanted revenge and justice to that puto. And you including seal team 6 made it happen. One of my favorite memories was also you beating mitt Romney. I was so relieved because i knew that romney was not gonna be half as good as you. I will miss calling you my president, thank you president Barack Obama #yeswecan #usa #obama #potus

Steven Daniels

Thank you for your service! And thank you for raising the bar higher! #PresidentObama #YesWeCan #YesWeDid

Elizabeth Rose Jensen

My Obama moments were when he fought for women, "This is what a Feminist looks like"... When he declared Love is Love, "When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free"...When he repealed β€œDon’t Ask, Don’t Tell”... When he signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act... When he took action to fight climate change... and so much more...Thank you Obama for doing your very best for ALL of us. I've been so proud to call you my president, you will be missed. ❀
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#firstblackpresident #true #genuine #scandalfree #feminist #loveislove #fairpay #climatechangeisreal #ObamaLegacy #proud #thankyou #ObamaFarewell #obamamoments #yeswecan #thanksobama

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