When we began 2016, it started to dawn on us that soon Barack Obama would be leaving the White House. Those feelings of poignancy were offset by the sure conviction that he would be succeeded by someone who would carry on his torch and make even more improvements.
How much changes in a year.
Now we face the specter of Pres. Obama's achievements being undone because a minority of the country voted in an ignorant fascist and handed all levers of government to the GOP.
But this should only make us work harder, longer, with more resolve. Citizen Obama has already made it clear that he's retooling Organizing for America to rebuild a shattered Democratic Party. Eric Holder, his friend and consigliere, has been taken on by my great state of California to lead the myriad legal challenges against the Trump regime. And this weekend, attending elections to the California Democratic Party convention, I witnessed something which made my heart sing: an energized base, not going to take this travesty lying down, where a majority of the electorate chose someone else to be president, and yet an orange buffoon is set to take the reins of power.
We are in a dark place. But we're not in a death spiral. Nations are not people. Nations die only when their citizens decide the struggle isn't worth it. We are not Weimar Germany, which was aching for a strong-man; the only question was whether he would be of the Right or the Left. We may be apathetic and loathe to vote, but the polling shows that no one wants what the orange fascist is selling. We have to take this animus and turn it into political power in 2018 and 2020 and beyond. The work started on Nov. 9. The work continues. The work will never cease because we are human beings, and we fall. But we rise.
This is not a farewell. Barack Obama is not going to rest on well-earned laurels. He sees the work which needs to be done. And I, for one, will stand with him.
This is your open thread, and the link to the White House feed of President Obama's speech is below.