Friday marks the end of a two-term run in the White House for President Obama. Regardless of where you stand on the political spectrum, it’s necessary to pay respects to the man who has served our country for the last eight years. In light of the Presidents departure and the inauguration of a new President on Friday, we’ve compiled a list of a few of the things we’ll miss most about Obama.
Being the President of the United States is the most highly scrutinized position in the world. Criticism comes in all shapes and sizes, and the burden is immense. President Obama mastered lightening the load with a simple tactic; he was able to laugh at himself. A tweet sent in 2009 with #thanksObama, brought a new wave of criticism. The phrase took on a life of its own and harbored complaints about anything from the price of gas to the cost of a case of beer. Rather than take the trend seriously (it became mostly tongue-in-cheek anyway), Obama took to the Jimmy Kimmel Show to read off some the most outlandish accusations. He was more than willing to be America’s scapegoat for any/all complaints in our lives and ready to make fun of himself a bit while doing it.
A PRESIDENT THAT HAS FAVORITE RAPPERS
We have never gotten access to information so insignificant yet so humanizing than the President’s favorite music lists. These are the types of things that people like to know even though have no political significance. The President has never been shy about sharing the music he listens to, and in an interview with SiriusXM, he revealed his five favorite rappers: Jay-Z, Kanye, Kendrick, Chance, and Drake.
HE GOT GAME
The game of basketball was invented in 1891. Since then, we’ve had 21 presidents, and if there’s one thing we can safely assume, Obama was the best baller of the bunch. He’s a smooth shooting lefty with a self-proclaimed ‘feel for the game.' Not only is he the best American President to ever hoop, but I would also put house money on our Commander-in-Chief beating any other world leader in a game of horse.
FUNNY CORRESPONDENTS DINNER SPEECHES
The annual correspondents dinner usually carries a light and jovial tone. It is a tradition for the President to give a speech that is light-hearted and fun. President Obama mastered the correspondents speech. From his very first in 2009 to his last in 2016 he never failed to bring charm, humor, and whit to his annual address. He poked fun at everyone from Matt Damon, to The President-Elect, to himself. His successful run of rousing speeches was capped off with the ultimate parting memento in 2016, the iconic mike drop.
MARCH MADNESS PREDICTIONS
Every year the President has gone on ESPN to deliver his picks for the NCAA tourney. Out of all of the years, he was in office, he only picked the champion correctly once, and that was North Carolina in 2009. Like many folks in the Midwest, the President had a hard time not picking KU to win it all, having picked them as champion three out of eight times. It remains to be seen whether this tradition will continue with the new President but watching Obama sputter through his bracket was a great reminder that come March, the Prez is usually throwing his bracket in the trash after the opening weekend just like the rest of us.
AWARENESS OF VIRAL YOUTUBERS
In the Summer of 2012, a soon-to-be Youtube sensation was kicked off with the beginning of the Kid President videos. The idea was simple, an attempt to unite kids and adults. The videos quickly went viral, and the Kid President became famous all across the country. Not only did the President acknowledge the Kid Prez but he even went as far as inviting him to see the White House and picked his brain for some valuable advice in this heartwarming video.
THANKS, OBAMA (REALLY, WE MEAN IT)
Whether you're a Democrat or Republican, one thing is for certain, the President served our country for eight years to the best of his ability, and for that we are grateful.