Listen to this poem about Barack Obama, written in 2010: https://youtu.be/PjgsiLj2Hqg
You don’t vote for a president
so he can give you all you want,
so he or she could be you
if only you knew better.
You elect a president so he or she
can do their best with integrity,
represent the best in us
to the extent that is possible.
They begin the job
in whatever hole was dug
by previous actions or inactions,
not a level field, not fair at all.
And the job it takes to rule
over the mostly unruly,
to weather criticism from
all the “what about me’s?”
while staying the course with honesty
grace, compassion, intelligence,
thoughtfulness, passion, calm and dignity,
weighing options on the universal scale,
it can be easy to forget
in all the insistent demanding,
all the impatient fluster and bluster that
he…or she…is only human,
no more…no less.
What is called for
is simple kindness.
Margaret Dubay Mikus