Ten years ago, in January 2007, I wrote on this blog that I was supporting Barack Obama for president. That same day I contributed to his presidential campaign. I've never regretted that decision. As he leaves the presidency today, I just wanted to write that I'm thankful for the efforts of the president and his team. Over the past eight years, President Obama has improved the United States domestically and around the world.
Still, we have more work to do. So to quote Obama as president one final time:
I do have one final ask of you as your President -- the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago. I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change -- but in yours.
I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written: Yes, we can.