Thanks for the Eight Years, Mr. Obama

In honor of what President Barack Obama’s team has gotten right in their eight years, I’ve selected two articles from his final day in office. In politics, everyone seems to have a different opinion. But as we measure outcomes in executive coaching, let’s try to give credit where credit is due. The 44th President left his mark in many places. We honor him for his many contributions to the people our country and to the family of nations.

As one of this week’s selected authors, Wesley Morris states, “Culturally speaking, he [Obama] didn’t use his office to lift up, enlighten and entertain so much as share it.  … he loved Ray Charles’s version of “America the Beautiful.” Morris adds with Obama’s own words:  “it captures the fullness of the American experience, the view from the bottom as well as the top, the good and the bad, and the possibility of synthesis, reconciliation, transcendence.”   Morris concludes: “The man knows his country and his Ray.  But it’s entirely possible to read that quote and catch a chill because Mr. Obama could easily have been writing about himself.”

President Obama, thanks for leading with your heart, your competence, your achievements, your respect of all Americans, and for gently dissolving that ceiling that most, a short time ago, believed was unbreakable. The reverberations of your presidency will surely live beyond all our years.


John Kerry: What We Got Right

Obama Understood the Power of Art. And He Wanted You to Get It, Too



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