Your First President

Dear Grady and Annie Bea,

Today the White House said goodbye to President Obama and hello to President Trump. I want to say a few things about this transition and how it makes me feel when I look at you two young kids.

Your first president, President Obama, is a good person. Whether you grow up to lean Republican or Democrat, you will look back on Obama’s character – him as a human being – and feel proud. He checks off a lot of the things your father and I respect about a leader.

Kind.
Empathetic.
Calm.
Happy.
Composed and confident.
Patient.
Humble.
Thoughtful.

Politics are tricky. They’re an off limits topic in many situations because everyone feels so passionate about what they believe. And that’s a good thing. But what it comes down to is this – would I want this person to visit my children and tell them stories about the things they’ve done?

No. I wouldn’t want President Trump to tell you anything about what he’s done. How he’s behaved. How he’s treated people. For me, he doesn’t check off any single character on that list up above. Not even one.

So while we will respect the new president and hug our country tight, we will remember the leadership of those before him. For me so far, that’s been Presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr., Clinton, Bush Jr. and Obama. And we will do our best to continue raising you to be kind and loving and accepting. Because that’s who we are.

Love, Mommy

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