Advertisement

Obama made us proud

The address was the latest entry in an occasional tradition of outgoing commanders in chief

The world needs to remember everything President Barack Obama has done for our country and the world. Some of the hallmarks of his presidency include his environmental accomplishments. He signed the Paris climate change agreement, invested in renewable energy and green jobs, banned oil and gas drilling throughout millions of acres of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans, helped create the EPA's clean power plan to regulate coal-fired power plants and rejected the Keystone XL pipeline.

On health care, Mr. Obama created the Affordable Care Act, making health care accessible to 20 million uninsured Americans. He revived the economy, reducing the unemployment rate to its lowest level in decades. In international relations, he visited Hiroshima, which helped move us toward healing and creating a world with fewer nuclear arms. He signed an agreement with Iran to deter their nuclear program, he opened up relations with Cuba, struggled to close Guantanamo, prohibited torture as part of interrogation and killed Osama Bin Laden.

Advertisement

Mr. Obama also emphasized the value of international institutions such as United Nations, partnered with China to secure international order and used common sense and reason in his international diplomacy. He instituted an annual summit meeting of Native American leaders, resolved more than 100 tribal claims and paid compensation for federal mishandling of Land Trust accounts.

For the LGBT community, he made huge political, legal and social gains.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have upheld and enhanced the dignity of the highest office of our country. The First Family has been a role model for all ages. The American dream was torn and tattered until Barack Obama revived that dream and nobly led this country, secure in his intelligence, thoughtfulness, eloquence, grace, genuineness, compassion and inclusiveness.

Thank you, Mr. President. You have made us proud. You have led by example, with hope and never fear, and as a "young at heart" elder, I join the many saying, "I can!"

Cassandra Stewart Naylor, Stevenson

Advertisement
Advertisement