To my fellow Americans
Pres. Obama (Archives)

Thank you for your letter President Obama. You will be sorely missed.

Like most all Americans who remember vividly the global economic meltdown of 2008, I deeply appreciate your stepping into that massive chasm of uncertainty and bringing a sense of calm and the ‘yes we can’ spirit to the White House.

You and your administration faced many extraordinary challenges, and I always deeply appreciated the way you took them on passionately, articulately and thoughtfully.

Yes, your time was marked with fits and starts and unexpected disappointments (gun violence, Guantanamo, ISIS, Syria), but you absolutely crushed it on some incredibly critical issues — saving the auto industry (which is now on a tear), launching the ACA, growing the economy, reducing dependence on foreign oil, kick starting renewable energy, designating 550+ million acres monument space, enabling marriage equality in 50 states… and the list goes on.

Yes, this is a moment of anxiety and uncertainty with the incoming president elect, but I remain confident that the work that you and your administration did to rebuild America and renew our faith in fundamental values of hard work and care for one another has given us the tools to weather the challenges ahead.

I hope that one day I get the chance to thank you in person. But in the meantime, best of luck in your next chapter. And like millions of other Americans, I look forward to hearing about what projects you decide to take on and what accomplishments lie ahead. High fives and best wishes, Perry Simpson

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