Mary Lou Winkler of Miami, Florida probably had tears streaming down her cheeks as our president gave his farewell speech. Many from the right also had extremely moist eyes. However theirs were tears of joy at seeing an entitlement president exiting the White House.
In Barack Obama, we had more than a president(we had somebody who botched health care for many hard working Americans). We had a respected leader who, by his character, intellect and wisdom, inspires us and challenges us as citizens to be civically engaged participants and open to others whose ideas may differ from ours.(This attitude will help catalyze a peaceful transistion of power)
In the coming days, more than ever, we need that generosity of spirit and hope. Thanks, President Obama. You make me proud to be an American.