We. Miss. Obama.
It's been close to three years since we last had President Obama in the White House.
And it seems like we don't see him around much anymore, in these days when we could so desperately use a helping, guiding force.
So imagine the joy that the Washington Nationals Youth Academy kids experienced when they saw the 44th President show up to their program.
Yesterday, President @BarackObama visited #NatsAcademy to play games with our students & shop the farmer's market.… https://t.co/eFRegN7M3Z— Nationals Philanthropies (@Nationals Philanthropies) 1558620086
"It's Barack Obama!" one kid screamed in joy as he did laps around the crowd gathered around the former President, whom we all miss so terribly.
"I think everybody here—if you guys work hard, work hard in school, listen to your coaches—you guys are gonna do great things. So, I'm gonna be on the lookout for ya because I think you're gonna do something important. You guys are gonna make a real difference and we're gonna be really proud of you," Obama told the kids.
@NatsAcademy @BarackObama This was beautiful to watch.. I miss your calm leadership everyday. I miss your family too. God bless all of you🙏— Pepsi Fan Account (@Pepsi Fan Account) 1558635430
@NatsAcademy @John_Paulsen @BarackObama https://t.co/UDrjRiCMsH— aad100 (@aad100) 1558621259
@NatsAcademy @BarackObama This just makes my heart swell as a teacher. Thank you for continuing to inspire the yout… https://t.co/fAMMiiJnqV— Lindy Pals (@Lindy Pals) 1558620793
The President later took to Twitter to talk about the fun he had and to promote the work of Nats Youth.
Great to get out there and take a few cuts at the plate yesterday—I had a blast with all these extraordinary young… https://t.co/TQ7O6BVMSJ— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama) 1558620436
Man, we really miss him.
@BarackObama For the millionth time...we miss you.— Georgia Johnston (@Georgia Johnston) 1558646882
@BarackObama How we miss you!— Leslie Sewell (@Leslie Sewell) 1558656653
The President and his family still live in Washington DC and keep busy in visiting nearby programs, including McKinley Tech High School, the Langston Terrace community, the Jelleff Boys & Girls Club, Dog Tag Bakery, and Children's National Hospital.
@NatsAcademy @BarackObama Awesomeness right there!!!— happy hummingbird (@happy hummingbird) 1558621390
@NatsAcademy @BarackObama Beautiful human 💝— Hope Stoetzer (@Hope Stoetzer) 1558662673
@NatsAcademy @BarackObama For a nerd he’s a pretty good sportsman.— Michael Cairns (@Michael Cairns) 1558625626
@NatsAcademy @BarackObama When that kid makes that awesome catch and his teammates surround him and hug him to cel… https://t.co/CNeCX0mr05— lainie (@lainie) 1558621640
We're sorry, we'll stop.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama turned 55 today. The former President himself, Barack Obama, posted an adorable little throwback to celebrate his wife's birthday.
The pair were still serving couple goals decades ago.
I knew it way back then and I’m absolutely convinced of it today — you’re one of a kind, @MichelleObama. Happy Birt… https://t.co/VLwQtcydJm— Barack Obama (@Barack Obama) 1547737330
The caption reads...
"I knew it way back then and I'm absolutely convinced of it today — you're one of a kind, @MichelleObama. Happy Birthday!"
However, it takes hard work to serve up this kind of relationship. Michelle has spoken in the past about how the two have attended couples therapy to help each other find their happiness as a couple and improve their communication skills.
She explained to Oprah...
"Well, you go because you think the counselor is going to help you make your case against the other person. 'Would you tell him about himself?!' And lo and behold, counseling wasn't that at all. It was about me exploring my sense of happiness. What clicked in me was that I need support and I need some from him. But I needed to figure out how to build my life in a way that works for me."
People felt a lot of nostalgia for the pair.
@BarackObama @MichelleObama I miss having a president who truly cared about his wife. Happy Birthday Michelle!— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski) 1547737395
@tonyposnanski @BarackObama @MichelleObama I miss having a president that truly cared. Period.— MissTee (@MissTee) 1547744836
@MsMissTee1 @tonyposnanski @BarackObama @MichelleObama I miss having a president.— Dave Jets (@Dave Jets) 1547748185
@Barbara93231774 @abhisheknepak09 @BarackObama @MichelleObama https://t.co/nAZbk4vn67— Marie Lena (@Marie Lena) 1547753736
Many others wished Michelle Obama a happy birthday.
Wishing #MichelleObama a very happy birthday! You are the epitome of poise, class and grace and your legacy continu… https://t.co/v2HKIYDj8B— Michael B. Hancock (@Michael B. Hancock) 1547747379
Happy Birthday @MichelleObama. You mean so much, to so many. https://t.co/edbqiEiKu9— anastasia baranova (@anastasia baranova) 1547747093
Happy Birthday @MichelleObama! Thank you for your incredible service to our country and your unyielding commitment… https://t.co/AgAnevUHSH— Ann McLane Kuster (@Ann McLane Kuster) 1547747479
@BarackObama @MichelleObama Happy birthday, @MichelleObama. America celebrates you. 🇺🇸❤️— Nancy Sinatra (@Nancy Sinatra) 1547746770
Happy Birthday, @MichelleObama! You are beautiful, intelligent and oh so kind! Hope your day is as great as you are! https://t.co/mOr0klFpYo— The Tylt (@The Tylt) 1547747764
Happy birthday Michelle!
Following the August 25 death of Arizona Senator John McCain, whose storied life and decades of service as a member of Congress will be long remembered, moments that inspired respect in our intensely partisan era of politics have resurfaced. One such moment occurred in 2008 while McCain was running for President against then-Senator Barack Obama.
At a town hall meeting with constituents, a woman came to the microphone and said:
I can't trust Obama. I have read about him, and he's not, um, he's an Arab.
Cutting her off, McCain took the microphone and refuted her point:
No, ma'm. He's a decent family man [and] citizen that just I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues, and that's what the campaign's all about. He's not [an Arab].
This moment. Opposite sides of the political fence running against each for President & McCain defends Barack Obama… https://t.co/Yifn3wTwMy— Nancy Warnock (@Nancy Warnock) 1535250253.0
McCain's point was not a perfect one. Though he intended to come to Obama's defense, he allowed the constituent's baseline misunderstanding (that an Arab is less of a citizen, less of a family man, and not fit to be President) to go unquestioned by simply saying his opponent was none of those things. While it's true that Obama is not a Muslim, his religion or ethnic background should have made no difference when it came to his political convictions.
A lot of people have focused in on the fact that McCain responded to the woman's statement that Obama was "an Arab"… https://t.co/VRV18Hm63A— Jonathan M. Katz ✍🏻 (@Jonathan M. Katz ✍🏻) 1535259713.0
“He’s an Arab” “No ma’am, he’s a decent family man...” I genuinely don’t understand what is so inspiring about th… https://t.co/VnSUHueL5s— Av Gutman🗞️🔥 (@Av Gutman🗞️🔥) 1535255588.0
@joelmmathis A staple of McCain-Palin rallies was chanting that Obama is a terrorist. Palin literally said that Oba… https://t.co/RcQcCGRo2y— Av Gutman🗞️🔥 (@Av Gutman🗞️🔥) 1535258769.0
The moment is still notable for McCain's willingness to defend his opponent—something one could hardly imagine a certain Republican presidential nominee doing in 2016. During the course of his campaign, President Trump accused his opponent, Hillary Clinton, of multiple conspiracy theories, emboldening the most radical fringes of his base in a shameless effort to gain popularity.
Though it's never gained as much attention, another moment from the same Town Hall — perhaps even more inspiring — came when a constituent commented to McCain:
...and, uh, frankly we're scared. We're scared of an Obama presidency.
First of all, I want to be President of the United States and I don't want Senator Obama to be. But I have to tell you, I have to tell you, he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared as President of the United States.
In what now reads as ominous foreshadowing of the Republican party's modern tendencies, the crowd then booed their own nominee, shouting Obama is a "liar" and a "terrorist."
I watched moment McCain shut down the lady calling Obama an Arab and it never struck me anything but him trying to… https://t.co/wyByGN7BDh— Biddeo Hoejima (@Biddeo Hoejima) 1535368786.0
Knowing full well that he could work the crowd into a frenzy by conceding the truth of Obama's decency, McCain instead insisted:
I want to fight, and I will fight. But I will be respectful. I admire Sen. Obama and his accomplishments, and I will respect him.
A man of tremendous courage, patriotism, and integrity, Senator John McCain will be remembered by history as one of… https://t.co/Xrltaa5QgV— John O. Brennan (@John O. Brennan) 1535260745.0
John McCain was an American hero, a man of decency and honor and a friend of mine. He will be missed not just in th… https://t.co/rKQLDtvTeP— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders) 1535244560.0
Though Obama would go on to defeat McCain in the election, he would later describe the Arizona Senator as a man who was "willing to say things regardless of the politics."
Following the Senator's death, Obama released a statement saying:
Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. At John's best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt.
A statement from @BarackObama on the passing of his 2008 rival. They were different in virtually every way, but the… https://t.co/26rQ0qc3T7— Jeff Zeleny (@Jeff Zeleny) 1535244373.0
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