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[100 DAYS] DAY 12: WITH DISTINCTION

Like many Americans, I watched the [recorded] live stream of you honoring Vice President Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom with distinction. On one hand, it comes as no surprise that you would do this for him. On the other hand, my how you continue to reinforce how much of a class act you are! A class act, Mr. President. You have had many … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 12: WITH DISTINCTION

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[100 DAYS] DAY 11: I REJECT DISCRIMINATION

“That’s why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans who are just as patriotic as we are.” But protecting our way of life requires more than our military. Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are. That’s why, … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 11: I REJECT DISCRIMINATION

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[100 DAYS] DAY 10: HASHTAGS

Obama’s Record. #ThanksObama pic.twitter.com/WsDb4qpNim — ⛾ (@bluezlimit) January 21, 2017 President Obama, you have been an inspiration to many and I appreciate what you gave to America! #ThanksObama #MyPresident #MissYouAlready pic.twitter.com/6y2tKDXiAD — Joshua Perry (JEP53) (@RIP_JEP) January 20, 2017 #ThanksObama for everything — ola 🐘 (@gIoriousharoId) January 20, 2017 so lucky to have been raised with such a great man as my president #ThanksObama — … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 10: HASHTAGS

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[100 DAYS] DAY 8: RESPECT EMPOWER INCLUDE

Respect. Empower. Include. Though every concern and demand couldn’t be met, no voice was considered unvalued. I have never seen a push for more bipartisan partnership than with you. It was and still is a thread in all of your messaging. And it’s admirable. You’ve respected differences in opinion, even when some of those opposites did not respect you.  You empowered us by telling us … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 8: RESPECT EMPOWER INCLUDE

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[100 DAYS] DAY 7: WE ARE MALALA

I just finished reading the powerful story of a young girl who raised her voice in the fight for education. In it she wrote: “After I won the national peace award the year before, I had done many TV interviews and in one of them, I had been asked to name my favorite politicians. I had chosen Khān Abdul Ghaffār Khā, Benazir Bhutto, and President Barack … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 7: WE ARE MALALA

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[100 DAYS] DAY 6: PETE SOUZA

Dear President Obama, Thank you for introducing us to Pete Souza. Of course Mr. Souza has been capturing both important and candid life moments for years. But, to put it plainly, I simply was unaware. While Chicago is my favorite city, I don’t receive the Chicago Tribue. I also was too young to remember Reagan as president, so Mr. Souza’s first presidential appointment as White … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 6: PETE SOUZA

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[100 DAYS] DAY 5: PHONE H O M E

Sometimes we can have a love/hate relationship with a place. For me, I could be extremely tired and want to go home and sleep in my own bed, but “home” was 2283.1 miles away in Seattle. Instead, a couple of us “Westside Crew” folks would run over to BoJangles to pick up a to-go bag of processed sustenance which afforded us a brief moment of fresh air, … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 5: PHONE H O M E

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[100 DAYS] DAY 3: RECENTLY…

When I took a leave from my job in 2008 to work on President Obama’s first presidential campaign, naturally there were several things running through my mind. One being would my job really hold my position for me? I was a recent University of Washington graduate and trying to make my way onto the corporate ladder. I say onto because as an employee of Nordstrom, I learned … Continue reading [100 DAYS] DAY 3: RECENTLY…