Dear Mr. President,
Today you have to do something that I’m sure is one of the hardest things you’ve done in the 8 years you’ve been in office. Today you have to welcome someone who is unfit and unqualified into the White House, knowing that you will be handing over the reins to him in a few short months. You have to do that with the graciousness and class that we have come to associate with your presidency and you will do it with a smile on your face because that is who you are. But I know you must be frightened and I can’t begin to imagine what you are truly feeling inside. For that, I am so sorry.
I’m sorry that Americans didn’t choose love over hate. We all thought that it wouldn’t come down to this; we thought that it wouldn’t go this far. We hoped that, in the end, Americans wouldn’t hand the office of the presidency to an unstable bigot and compulsive liar. But today we are about to do just that. And to be quite honest, it scares the hell out of me. I have a very heavy heart writing this today. Tuesday night, as I woke up around 3 in the morning and checked the polls to see where those of us who valued love and strength over terror and fear stood, I became sick to my stomach when I saw the actual results. Then I lay down on my couch and cried. I cried for the death of common sense and for the beginning of heartlessness this nation has now perpetuated. I cried because I fear for my friends who fall into the categories that the president elect discriminates against: my black friends, my Hispanic friends, my muslim friends, my gay friends…the list could be endless. I cried because, as a woman, I now feel I have more to fear than I ever have. I cried because, despite the fact that we had a highly qualified female candidate running for office, a model of strength and dignity, we instead chose a predator whose vitriol has been spewed across our nation for the past year.
Thinking of what he has promised makes me sick. Thinking of how this country will suffer makes me sad. I’m sorry that you have to look him in the eye and hand him dangerous security clearances and coach him to take over from you when you know that this is the most dangerous man America has ever elected into office. His supporters will say that was all just “talk” and that he can handle being president, but in his entire campaign we never saw him change. Someone once told me “leopards don’t change their spots.” This is so true on so many levels. Donald Trump is who he always was and always will be. Unfortunately he just so happens to be president elect as well. What a sad time in American history.
I know in your speech you said, “Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first.” I’m trying to find the good in this; I’m trying to remain positive, but I’m having a hard time doing so. I’m sure that when the sadness dies down, when the grieving process is over for me that will change. I’m sure I will learn to live with this new normal. But now is not that time.
Mr. President, you may never see this and its more than probable that you and I will never meet in person, but with this letter I also wanted to thank you for all that you have done for us in your 8 years in office. You represented the people more so than any previous president has and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You truly care about Americans- all of us- and want us to be happy. That has never been more evident to me than when I heard your speech yesterday. You improved the economy by the end of your first year in the presidency, creating and sustaining 2.1 million jobs. I know how bad the economy was when you took office because it was the year I graduated college and I couldn’t find a job. You paved the way forward for an increase in the minimum wage, which helped millions of families, my own included. In my personal opinion though, some of your greatest accomplishments have been in the human rights sector. You promised to stop breaking up families and helped thousands of refugees find new homes, enabling them to live a more secure life here. You brought affordable housing to more people than ever before. You established the Sexual Assault Rights Act and made LGBTQ marriage legal across the nation. I’ve never been more proud to be an American than the day that was signed into law. Watching the rainbow colors across the White House brought tears to my eyes. I’m happy to have lived through a time when more people than ever before enjoyed civil liberties because you cared enough to make them a reality.
Thank you for being the best president our country has had. Thank you for your service and dedication to America. Thank you for being selfless and passionate about working for the underdogs. There are still many Americans who appreciate all you have done and will continue to do.
Linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursdays.