An open letter to Barack Obama related to that first put up-presidency speech.

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Oh whats up, Barack!

Former President Barack Obama arrives for a dialog on civic engagement and group organizing on April 24, 2017. Photo with the aid of Charles Rex Arbogast/AP.

Can we name you Barack now?

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Anyway, you look first rate! Tan and neatly-rested.

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You earned that day without work.

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We noticed your speech in Chicago the different day.

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You still acquired it with the jokes!

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Man, that was a very good speech. So first rate it made us cry. Not certain it was a contented cry.

A man reacts to protesters on the Girls’s March in January. Photo with the aid of Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Photographs.

Gotta be sincere, when you left the White Condo, our feelings were now not in a very good location.

An emotional Gerardo Ruiz reacts to effects of the U.S. presidential election on Nov. 8, 2016. Photo with the aid of Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Photographs.

In the again of our minds, we secretly hoped that you simply’d come galloping again atop a golden unicorn, laminated reproduction of the Charter in hand, and inform us to comply with your lead with those noted phrases you … uh, never actually mentioned.

And we recognize you were involved about us if you left…

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…that we may possibly now not be as much as the problem.

A Hillary Clinton supporter reacts to the presidential election swing on Nov. 8, 2016. Photo with the aid of Ethan Miller/Getty Photographs.

But lifestyles is humorous.

When you went away, something form of weird took place.

We did not fold like an affordable card desk.

We did not shut the door, pull up the covers, and fall asleep for 500 years.

Protesters outdoor the Countrywide Press Membership and the Deplorable Ball in Washington, D.C., in January. Photo with the aid of Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Photographs.

We acquired up, and we acquired equipped.

People rally towards Donald Trump. Photo with the aid of Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Photographs.

And we dealt with this protesting stuff on our personal. Because we had no other option.

Protesters cling anti-Trump indications in Chicago on Jan. 20, 2017. Photo with the aid of Derek Henkle/AFP/Getty Photographs.

In a method, peaceing out to Fiji was one among the finest issues you might have performed for us.

While you were having fun with a neatly-earned restorative kitesurf with Branson…

…we have been marching.

Protesters settle in on the Girls’s March on Washington. Photo with the aid of Mario Tama/Getty Photographs.

While you have been regaining your experience of trend…

…we have been piling into airports to protest an unjust Muslim ban.

Demonstrators at O’Hare Airport protest the government order that refuses admittance to refugees and locations a ban on shuttle from seven Muslim-majority nations. Photo with the aid of Scott Olson/Getty Photographs.

We have been chanting in the bloodless.

People accumulate to protest the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy Overseas Airport. Photo with the aid of Stephanie Keith/Getty Photographs.

We were inserting our law levels to work on a cold terminal flooring at four a.m.

Volunteer attorneys and prison advisors present to support tourists at O’Hare Airport in February 2017. Photo with the aid of Scott Olson/Getty Photographs.

And we have been profitable.

Syrian refugee Baraa Haj Khalaf cradles the U.S. flag as she leaves O’Hare Overseas Airport along with her husband and father in February 2017. Photo with the aid of Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Photographs.

While you were placing out within the South Pacific with Oprah and Springsteen

…we have been organizing in our communities, calling our elected officers, and maintaining their ft to the hearth.

Crowd individuals reply to a girl helping Donald Trump at a town corridor assembly in March 2017. Photo with the aid of Sean Rayford/Getty Photographs.

We acquired Paul Ryan to confess that «Obamacare is the legislations of the land.»

U.S. Speaker of the Condo Paul Ryan speaks after Trump’s fitness care invoice became pulled from the Condo of Representatives on March 24, 2017. Photo with the aid of Win McNamee/Getty Photographs.

Tens of hundreds of girls decided to run for workplace.

From left, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Maxine Waters. Photos (from left) by Zach Gibson/Getty Photographs; Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Photographs; and Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Photographs.

A new technology of activists became born, and an older generation got here roaring again to lifestyles.

(From left, in again) Ginny Suss, Carmen Perez, Gloria Steinem, Linda Sarsour, and Tamika Mallory and (in entrance) Mia Ives-Rublee seem onstage on the Girls’s March on Washington. Photo with the aid of Theo Wargo/Getty Photographs.

We remembered what you said if you left workplace. You warned us what became at stake.

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You inspired us to get out and battle for our values. In grownup.

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You reminded us what democracy requires of us. Specifically … us. And not simply when there’s a huge election on the horizon.

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We concept you would have to cling our hand via it. But this is what we discovered:

It seems, we’re pretty first rate at these items on our personal.

People take half in a protest known as No Ban! No Wall! Get Loud! at Grand Relevant Station in March 2017. Photo with the aid of Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Photographs.

When the chips are down, we can pull ourselves collectively and fight again.

The crowd reacts to U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz at a town corridor assembly in Utah in February. Photo with the aid of Rick Bowmer/AP.

We don’t at all times want you to exhibit us the way in any case.

The March for Science on April 22, 2017, spanned many cities, including La. Photo with the aid of Sarah Morris/Getty Photographs.

But we’re pleased you’re again and down to support.

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In the phrases of our all-time favourite meme of you

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Thanks for the pep speak.

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Glad to have you ever on the group. Let’s try this.

Love, America.


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