Friday, the 13th, notably the scariest day of the year where young adults go and get $13 tattoos and all of our bad luck is based on a superstitious day, met its match today. Drop the tattoos and replace them with people around the country crying, and I’d like you to meet Friday, the 20th, a.k.a the day Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.
Just typing that out sent a wave of panic through my body, as I am still clinging onto President Obama’s time spent in office and all that he taught me and my generation. The millennial generation gets a lot of shit for basically everything we do, but Obama believes in us. And that’s all that really matters.
During his Farewell Address, Obama gave a special shoutout to my people and I, which made us realize we are open-minded, accepting and compassionate because we grew up with a leader that encouraged those beliefs.
“This generation coming up — unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic — I’ve seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, just, inclusive America; you know that constant change has been America’s hallmark, something not to fear but to embrace, and you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I believe as a result that the future is in good hands.”
That is my forever president. He is also Twitter’s forever president.
Hundreds of hashtags have surfaced showing gratitude to @POTUS44 — Yes, that’s a new Twitter handle — but today’s was #ThankYouObama.
Not to worry, he left us with some words of wisdom to help us get through the next four years.
For the next four years, we must remember to rise and resist. As many of you know, Trump and his cabinet have decided to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act, along with many other things.
Do Obama proud and get into contact with your local representatives and make sure those whose jobs are meant to represent your opinions know how you feel. Make sure to donate to organizations that will protect the people and help America get through this.
Meryl Streep quoted the late Carrie Fisher in Golden Globes acceptance speech and said, “Take your broken heart, make it into art.”
That is what Shia LaBeouf did when he created an anti-Trump live stream, which will run for four years. The first participant being none-other-than, Jaden Smith.
The participatory art project is open to everyone and will be live-streamed 24/7 for the next four years. According to the official website, the mantra “HE WILL NOT DIVIDE US” is meant to “act as a show of resistance or insistence, opposition or optimism, guided by the spirit of each individual participant and the community.”
Saturday, Jan. 21, is also the day of multiple Women’s Marches happening around the country. The original Women’s March on Washington has taken over the country, leading to a plethora of other sister marches happening. You can check and see if there’s a march near you here.
Here’s to the next four years. Keep fighting for what you believe in. Rise and resist.