In my 85 years, I have seen many presidents and their families occupy the White House, but I feel most fortunate to have lived to see the Obama family living there. There are a “typical” American family of four, plus grandmother and dog.
The Obamas are a national treasure. Being from immigrant ancestors and mixed races, they personify the United States. They are from middle-class backgrounds and have achieved the ultimate American dream.
Because of the media, their lives have become a showcase to the world. We see a happy marriage. We watch Michelle as she promotes healthy living by planting a vegetable garden on the White House grounds. We enjoy President Obama’s athleticism as well as his cool and discerning demeanor. We see two little girls growing into young women and a grandmother who helps keep an eye on them.
I’m always filled with pride when world leaders visit the White House for an elegant reception and dinner, or when the Obamas host elaborate concerts. I am filled with joy at the holidays when children are invited to the White House. The Obamas represent a strong, loving family with good values. They inspire me. And I, for one, want to see them occupying our White House for four more years!