Let­ter from Pres­i­dent Obama makes her day

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

Be­fore Pres­i­dent Barack Obama left of­fice I sent him and his fam­ily a good­bye card, say­ing how much I would miss them and thank­ing him for giv­ing us eight years of his life to be my pres­i­dent. I got a nice sur­prise this week: I got a let­ter from him and it made my day. I would like to share it so oth­ers can see what a great man he is. Here it is, as he wrote it, word for word.

Dear Eleanor, Thanks for your kind mes­sage. Michelle and I have been touched by the words of sup­port we’ve re­ceived from Amer­i­cans across the coun­try, and I ap­pre­ci­ate the time you took to write.

I’m proud of the progress we’ve made to­gether. Thanks to the par­tic­i­pa­tion and re­solve of ev­ery­day Amer­i­cans like you, our coun­try is a bet­ter and stronger place to­day than it was be­fore I took of­fice. None of our ac­com­plish­ments were in­evitable - they were the re­sult of peo­ple from ev­ery back­ground and sta­tion in life step­ping for­ward and em­brac­ing the im­por­tant re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of cit­i­zen­ship. As long as we con­tinue work­ing in com­mon ef­fort and pre­sum­ing the in­her­ent good­ness in one another, I’m con­fi­dent our bright­est days will al­ways lie ahead.

Again, thank you for writ­ing. It was the honor of my life to serve as your Pres­i­dent, and while there are many mile­stones mo­ments we will al­ways re­mem­ber, it was my con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple like you that kept me go­ing ev­ery sin­gle day. They’ve stayed with me, and they al­ways will. Thanks for ev­ery­thing - I wish you the very best. Sin­cerely,

Barack Obama

Isn’t that a lovely let­ter? It is a keeper. I plan to frame it.

ELEANOR FOS­TER Low­ell

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