From a Grateful Millennial: Farewell Obama

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The Obama family will be missed.

“Four more years.” The crowd chanted.

It is hard to not share that feeling.

I grew up with Barack Obama. He was elected when I was just a young, little, awkward middle school student.

He was my president, but more importantly, he was the president that taught me what a president was.

On Jan. 10, we said goodbye to Obama. Though he will for sure leave a mark from his hilarious dinner speeches to his gorgeous relationship with Joe Biden it shouldn’t be mistaken how much this country has changed in eight years.

Don’t be mistaken. Over his eight years in office Obama truly left a mark on this country.

As of right now, the United States relies on imported oil for less than a quarter of our consumption, a number that hasn’t been lower since the 1970s.

Science flourished under Obama. We now have a major automaker who produces nothing but electric cars, Tesla. Renewable energy is, of course, unfinished business; it does seem to be heading in the right direction.

His stimulus package helped find relief from the worst recession since the great depression. A gamble of $832 billion that saved 1.6 million jobs a year for four years and raised the economic output by 2-3 percent while preventing an increase in poverty.

Under Obama, the supreme court ruled in favor of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. A moment that will go down in American history. Though the memories remain, looking back it is becoming harder and harder to see the opposition.

Equality has flourished since 2008. Something we can thank Obama for.

Obama’s work with the Iran deal without military intervention is probably his greatest accomplishment to date.

By doing this, Obama’s administration dismantled and removed two-thirds of its centrifuges, shipped 25,000 pounds of enriched uranium out of the country and Iran has provided access to its nuclear facilities.

This feat, without military involvement, is truly an amazing legacy for the Obama administration.

Even though it might be easy to remember Obama from his one-liners or funny picture,s we should remember Obama for how he changed America.

To quote Obama from his farewell address, “Yes we can. Yes, we did.”

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