Trending: ‘I Miss Barack Obama’

It’s often said, “you don’t know what you got until it’s gone.” And the tune is being echoed across social media following an article written by New York Times writer, David Brooks.

“As this primary season has gone along, a strange sensation has come over me: I Miss Barack Obama,” he penned. “Many of the traits of character and leadership that Obama possesses, and that maybe we have taken too much for granted, have suddenly gone missing or are in short supply.”

The sentiment is one shared by many and for various reasons. President Obama’s presence in the White House provided a satisfying sense of hope, possibility and ability. To hold the presidency for two consecutive terms further lit a fire inside young Black boys and girls that dreams and goals are attainable with hard work.

Aside from his charm, candor and modern cool, Obama held down the oval office with intent and graciously battled and overcame adversity, most of which came from simply being Black.

His being and accomplishments are monumental.

For Brooks, the upcoming election has him reflecting on President Obama’s integrity, sense of humanity, sound decision-making, ability to maneuver calmly under pressure, and his “resilient sense of optimism.”

The trend #IMissBarackObama has sparked a wide range of views, some negative and others positive. Below are a few of the reasons many agree with David Brooks.

Share with us what you’ll miss about the POTUS in the comments and via social media @GetJetMag!