In two days America will have a new president. Concerns about who that might be just remind Juliette Burton why she’s such a huge fan of Barack Obama.
The flat I lived in eight years ago was empty and bare. I had no furniture, apart from a bed, a chest of drawers and a tiny TV. I couldn’t find any work. Through the paper-thin walls of my bedroom I could hear the noisy pub next door; bar brawls and catcalls and the laughter of drunken men.
One night, I lay awake listening to BBC World Service. I lay awake listening to a voice. A voice that was new, passionate, exciting. I’d never heard a speech like it before. It reached deep down within me and pulled out hope, a little shiny glimmer of hope for something better. I can’t dare to dream that things could get better, could I? Can we hope?
Yes we can.
I think we forget how momentous it was to see the first black president of the United States being sworn in. And soon, hopefully, he will be handing over the White House’s wifi password to the first-ever female president. No wonder Trump has such fiercely loyal supporters; so much progression in such a relatively short space of time must terrify them. “What if all the groups we mediocre white men have kept in their place for so long start having opinions and actual power? WTF we will do then?! What if they treat us the way we treated them?”
I am not a fiercely political person, or at least I never used to think I was. I grew up with a staunchly conservative father with immovable political opinions and, as far as I could tell, any other point of view was laughable in his kingdom. No wonder I turned to a career in comedy; voice an opinion, get laughed at, turn it into a career.
“Never before have I been aware of a country’s leader who is so outspokenly feminist. And hallelujah for that.”
I now know I do have political views, but I’d rather not wear them on my sleeve. Politics can divide and I prefer things that unite. As a great philosopher once said “I don’t believe in the Republican Party or the Democrat Party. I just believe in parties.”
I believe that great philosopher was Samantha from Sex and The City. One of her other pearls of wisdom was, “The country does better when we have a sexy president”
That may seem shallow – of course it does, it’s Sex And The City – but she has a point. I’m paraphrasing a bit here but I believe her logic went something like this: If nobody wants to fuck the president, he fucks the country. If everyone wants to fuck the president then the country is treated the way it deserves.
Obama is, unarguably in my humble opinion, easy on the eye. But more than that he is in every picture I see of him, a man whose respect for others presents itself so clearly I’m left in awe.
One of the memes I will always think of when Obama comes into conversation is a picture of him above a picture of Trump. Both are walking in the rain with their wives and other men nearby. Both of the pictures have an umbrella visible. Trump walks with the huge umbrella in his hands keeping him, and only him, dry. Obama, on the other hand walks in the rain with soaked shirt clinging to him while his wife is in the background, kept dry by the only umbrella. The caption goes: sometimes a picture can sum up the measure of a man.
“Why can’t Michelle be the next president? Can’t they just stay a little while longer? Just while America finds a way to pass the presidency onto her, then their daughters, then the dog?”
Or how about the list of tweets poking playful fun at the relationship between Obama and Biden? ADORABLE.
Or what about the White House official photographer’s favourite photographs of Obama’s presidency? The gallery is filled with pictures of a president who is good with children (aren’t they the future after all?), a man who is playful and respectful, who adores his wife…
Never before have I been aware of a country’s leader who is so outspokenly feminist. And hallelujah for that.
The very fact he chose Michelle, and she chose him, clearly shows me he is a fierce feminist. To have such a strong, intelligent, passionate and eloquent woman as his partner for life – forgive my phrasing but what a trump card.
Why can’t she be the next president? Can’t they just stay a little while longer? Just while America finds a way to pass the presidency onto her, then their daughters, then the dog?
While I wish Obama could stay on for another eight years, he probably needs a rest. However, give it another eight years, maybe of a first female president, then maybe we could have the first black female president. I know I’d consider moving to the US so I could vote in Michelle.
Farewell, for now, Obama. As Sex and the City says, “Nothing lasts forever, dreams change, trends come and go but friendships never go out of style.”
Then again, Donald Trump appeared in an episode of Sex And The City… so maybe I need to stop paying that much attention to the wisdom of that show.
Check out why our Ashley Davies loves Michelle Obama here.
Juliette Burton is a docu-comedian, actor, writer, thinker, dreamer, doer and person. She has a history of mental health problems and loves The Muppets. These two things are in no way linked.