How much do we miss the Obamas? Just on an average Tuesday, wouldn’t we all go about our lives in a much more carefree way if we still had a first family we could count on not to, at worst, destroy us — at best, embarrass us?
But there’s nothing like a real American crisis to pull into focus just how comforting it was to have the Obamas in the White House.
While Trump’s first instinct, in the wake of the mass shooting in Parkland was to victim-blame and concern troll the mental health system in the US that he has hitherto been only too happy to gut, the Obamas took a far different approach.
Of course they did.
Mic reports that the Obamas sent a letter to the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The former President and First Lady said how inspired they have been by the Parkland survivors, many of whom have come forward as fierce advocates of gun reform after witnessing the horrors of assault-style rifles firsthand.
The Obamas praised the students for pressuring lawmakers to take immediate action and reminded them that historically young people have always played a key role in improving America.
The full transcription of the hand-written letter, also per Mic:
10 March 2018
To the students of Parkland —
We wanted to let you know how inspired we have been by the resilience, resolve and solidarity that you have all shown in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.
Not only have you supported and comforted each other, but you’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation, and challenged decision-makers to make the safety of our children the country’s top priority.
Throughout our history, young people like you have led the way in making America better. There may be setbacks; you may sometimes feel like progress is too slow in coming. But we have no doubt you are going to make an enormous difference in the days and years to come, and we will be there for you.
Barack Obama Michelle Obama