"The people of the United States are unaware of the choice we face": A letter from Obama on Trump's Inauguration Day

"The people of the United States are unaware of the choice we face": A letter from Obama on Trump's Inauguration Day

Barack Obama, President of The United States

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington D.C. 20500


As I leave this office, I am filled with conflicting emotion.

When I first sat in this desk eight years ago, I was considered an underdog, an untouchable. More than 150 years after the end of The Civil War, the battle that threatened to sever the bond that our forefathers had worked so hard to impress on us, we learned that racism was alive and thriving. Even when an African American was President, it didn’t stop those who can only judge a man by the color of his skin.

Though the years flew by, it is as if they will never end. My time spent in this house have been the best of my life. The responsibility, for both me and my family, has been immense, but our bond has only increased since I took the very oath you will be taking this afternoon.

I have witnessed your campaign this past year and, though you faced an equal amount of opposition as I did, I too feared for your fittedness for this office. I’d be lying if I said that those fears have been abated since your election, yet I will always hold out hope that you simply said those things as a mode of political rhetoric.

Out of all the groups you have maligned over the course of the year, the most egregious are your views on women and the LGBTQ community. I have been gladdened by the outpouring of support within these groups as a result of your comments, yet there is still much to say on the matter.

My daughters are two prime examples of the young women who will be affected by your violent words. They are not two pieces of meat – they are two young women who have the same thoughts, feelings, and needs as men. They are not objects of desire, but equals to you and to all. I revel in the fact that I (hope) I have taught them well enough to shield them from your barbs.

You threaten to take away the advancements we’ve made for the homosexual community. If you do so, you will be tearing apart families and driving thousands to unnecessary suicide and nervous breakdowns. Every person on this earth has the right to live their lives in the way they want to live them.

It doesn’t matter what symbol is printed on your birth certificate or how many dollars rest in your bank account. What matters is the content of your character and the will to live a life that pleases and fosters growth in your life.

Today, you are joining a company of men that contains some of the most intelligent, honest, and brave souls to ever walk this ground. Just because you have been voted President, it doesn’t mean that you are fit for the office. You still have much to learn and a short time to learn it.

To fill this office with the respect it deserves, you need to grow ice on your skin. You need to take criticism like an adult and focus on the issues, not the bullying I’ve seen these past months. Whether you like this fact or not, you will have the entire worlds looking to you for inspiration. Young men and women look to the president to learn the pride that one should have for their country. It is imperative that you give them a reason to respect you without reservations.

It pains me more than words can say to write this letter to you, but I think I have impressed upon you the responsibility of the choices you will soon face. Leo Szilard, one of the prime opponents to the creation of the Atomic Bomb during World War II, impressed upon President Truman the responsibility that politicians face when holding the fate of innocent humans in their hands: “The people of the United States are unaware of the choice[s] we face…and this only increases our responsibility in this matter.” 

I hope and pray that you will fit yourself to this office. If not, I suspect that this “job” may not be a fulfilling obligation for you.

My love to Melania and your children, despite the fact that they won’t make The White House the warm home that my family has these past eight years.

I will leave you with the words of a song that has become the dedication to the legacy I have created in this blessed house:

“Take Care Of This House
keep it from harm
if bandits break in sound the alarm.

Care for this house
shine it by hand
and keep it so clean
the glow can be seen all over the land.

Be careful at night
check all the doors
if someone makes off with a dream
the dream will be yours.

Take care of this house,
be always on call,
for this house, it’s the home of us all.”



   Barack Obama


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  • I'm wondering [and you are getting the question because you seem to have the only non-FB comment section]--is this some sort of Chicago Now blogapalooza contest? Somehow, I can't think of a more futile exercise, nor that former Pres. Obama needs Chicago Now's help.

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