Dear President Barack Obama,
I’m writing to tell you and your beautiful family that I am going to miss you. I’m writing to let you know the impact that you made in my family’s life and how grateful I am to you. I will pray for you, Michelle and the girls so that you all continue to be a part of something in America that would allow us to follow and see what your next endeavors are for this beautiful country.
Today, January 20, 2017, I woke up feeling sad because my family and I have grown to love you and your family and sadly enough this is the end of your Presidency. I know that it is in our laws that a President can only be in power for up to eight years. This is democracy, but when a President has been so decent, loving, respectful and empathetic to all citizens, no matter what race, religion or color, it is hard to come to the realization that his term is over.
I must say, at the beginning of your Presidency, I thought that you were partying too much. I thought that you looked too happy to be a regular President. However, as time passed, I realized how gracious and humorous you are, how sincere and extraordinary you are! You restored grace and dignity to the Presidency. And although you had much opposition, you gave it your all. For everything you have done and all of those qualities, we are going to miss!
I felt, although I’m older than you, like you behave like a father from the Presidency. I really felt like we belonged here in, the mainland America, even though, we are from Puerto Rico. Today, I realized that you had become the people’s President. I say this because, as I reflected on the many times I spoke about you with someone, they felt the same way I did. They spoke about you with so much admiration and so much respect. They spoke about Michelle with so much appreciation and they expressed feeling so close to her, as if she was a member of the family.
You included everyone in your cabinet. You included African Americans, Caucasians, Asians, Latinos. Your administration was the most diverse and inclusive administration ever. You appointed Sonia Sotomayor as a United State Supreme Court Justice. In fact, you appointed two women as Supreme Court Justices. You made me feel like your administration was representative of the American people.
Your sincere love for people is what will stay with me forever. I have learned through your example that all human life matters. You gave us affordable health care. When the Affordable Care Act came out it was a huge relief for so many. Today, 20 million Americans have insurance. I could not contain my excitement because I felt more secure in knowing that I could turn to any insurance company and they would accept me, even with my pre-existing condition.
This came at a very good time in my life since I was paying a thousand dollars per month for my premiums because of my pre-existing condition status. In 2007, I had an organ transplant and my insurance premiums became extremely high plus the transplant drugs were very high too. The Affordable Care Act made my insurance company lower my premiums and my transplant drugs co-pay became more reasonable and for this too, I thank you.
At this time, I am paying 1/5 of what I paid before. Yet, you’re leaving and I have no idea what is going to happen tomorrow. I pray that Mr. Trump realized that Obamacare helps a lot of people. I pray that Mr. Trump and Paul Ryan will not repealed Obamacare. I pray that their hearts will soften and that they begin to understand why you pushed the Affordable Care Act. You actually saved many lives! For this, I thank you.
You also brought about the law for any gay couple to get married. You changed our entire economy for the best. You brought it back when we almost collapsed into a depression. You helped pass the Home Affordable Act- to save homes from foreclosure. You bail out banked from closing. You created millions of jobs. You also saved the auto industry. You visited Cuba and started a change so that we can begin a new relationship with the Cuban people. You even opened an embassy there.
I found it very moving when you gave Mr. Biden, Vice President of the United States, the highest medal that a civilian can receive, the medal of freedom and to make it very special, you gave it to him with distinction. Our Vice President was amazing too, not only as a public servant but also as a human being. It is true to say, you made those around you shine and you gave much more credit to others than taking it for yourself.
You and Michelle gave so much to us. Your legacy will never be forgotten for you leave us with so much strength and love and many, many accomplishments. Your legacy will live through the people of the United States. It will be written in history books and it will be talked about by our nation’s leaders for years to come and thereafter. Your administration was one of honor and decency. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. May God bless you and your family forever!