Yes We Can

By Jeffery Sterling, Reader Supported News
22 November 16

At FCI Englewood, a federal prison, as I wait for my appeal to be heard, I am looking back on the presidency of Barack Obama. A supporter recently sent me a subscription to New York Magazine and the first issue I received, ironically, features the eight years of the Obama presidency, under the title “Hope and What Came After.” I was immediately struck by the title used to name the series of pieces about and from Obama on his tenure, because the same title could be used for my experience during the Obama years. Obama’s election, for many reasons, meant and embodied hope for me; what came afterward was anything but. As his presidency draws to an end, I can only hope that the change will once again have an impact on my life, maybe this time for the better.

In my opinion, the election and presidency of the first African American president of the United States has been a remarkable time for the country, one we should all be proud of. Like many Americans, I found so much to identify with and embrace in Barack Obama. I distinctly and fondly remember the Obama presidential campaign as one of genuine hope for positive change and a real, collective attitude of “Yes We Can.” I was definitely all in. I will never forget that November 2008 evening when Obama was declared president-elect. My wife Holly and I had tears in our eyes, overcome with fulfillment of the promise of hope. We were elated: “He … We did it!” Accentuating that heartfelt euphoria was our implicit, if somewhat fanciful view that Obama’s election would strengthen our own determination in the face of overwhelming opposition.

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