The past few weeks we have witnessed tributes and farewells to President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama. These tributes extended to first daughters, Malia and Sasha, shucks even the dogs Bo and Sunny received shout outs. The Obama’s have ridden off into the sunset, or rather Richard Branson’s Necker Island for a much-deserved vacation. Below are a few more Obama points of interest.
Mr. President: Interfaith Perspectives on the Historic Presidency of Barack H. Obama is a book of statements from diverse faith leaders compiled by Darryl D. Sims and Barbara Williams-Skinner. The book offers the reflections of clergy, across denominations and ideologies, on the presidency of Mr. Obama. It is divided into sections that umbrella multiple aspects of the Obama presidency. The sections include Obama as a role model for faith and family, the legislative agenda and the historical significance. There is also a section that offers behind the scene reflections from those who bore witness, such as Rev. Suzan Johnson Cook, Pastor Joel Hunter and Joshua DuBois. Get your copy of the book here.
Henry P Davis, (left end seat from row), with fellow book contributors, including my brother, Harold A Carter (back row, 3rd from right). Darryl D. Sims, publisher (center front row)
One of the favorite nonpolitical aspects of the Obama presidency has been his interaction with children. It could be that growing up apart from his father shaped him to be free with his enchantment and delight of children. Whatever the origin, these pictures are remarkable.
When Michelle Robinson Obama became America’s First Lady, I told my family I did not want to be called first lady anymore. Mighty Michelle was a Real & True First Lady, watch her write thank you’s and charm Jimmy Fallon.
Finally, no matter how many times I see this, I laugh because the president is laughing.
cover photo credit: Pete Souza