Barack and Michelle Obama: “We’ll be back to work with you on the issues we care about”

From the Obama Foundation … and the Obamas:

“What’s Next from Barack and Michelle Obama”

The Obama Foundation will be a living, working startup for citizenship — an ongoing project for us to shape, together, what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century. We are based on the South Side of Chicago and will have projects all over the city, the country, and the world.

We want to hear from you. Send us your ideas, your hopes, your beliefs about what we can achieve together. This will be your Foundation just as much as it is ours, so share your voice at

Barack Obama:

Barack Obama @BarackObama
Hi everybody! Back to the original handle. Is this thing still on? Michelle and I are off on a quick vacation, then we’ll get back to work.

Michelle Obama:

Michelle Obama @MichelleObama
After an extraordinary 8 years, I’ll be taking a little break. Will be back before you know it to work with you on the issues we care about.

Their foundation:


  1. The Obamas departing Washington DC – their last flight on Air Force One.

    President Obama:

    Our democracy is not the buildings, it’s not the monuments. It’s you. …

    This* is just a little pit stop … this is not a period, this is a comma.

    *The Republicans taking control of our national government with no check on their power.

    Safe travels, rest well, and hurry back – we need you!!!

  2. In the meantime, today people are marching in solidarity to keep the good government and good works of the Obama Administration – initiatives we rely upon, change we embraced – from being dismantled.

    Rebecca Traister: The Complicated, Controversial, Historic, Inspiring Women’s March

    The women’s movement has survived not in spite of its cacophony, but because of it: Because those who have pushed the movement from inside to change and grow and be better — even when they don’t always agree on what better means — have helped us meet the shifting forms of inequity from era to era. The women’s movement has won women’s rights to self-determination, to economic and educational opportunity, to sexual freedom, to reproductive autonomy, to professional opportunity, to legal protection from violence, rape, assault, discrimination, and harassment. And on Saturday, today’s iteration of the women’s movement will give body and voice and form to those who resist this incoming president and his attempts to roll back the rights of women, people of color, and immigrants

    Here’s the Official List of Speakers for the Women’s March on Washington

  3. From the NY Times, Lindy West on the “president”

    Watching the inauguration — looking over the sea (or, more accurately, the smallish pond) of white faces celebrating what they clearly believe to be a white victory, a reassertion of the natural order — all reluctance [to say “not my president”] left me. Mr. Trump was shoved into office by the desperate, violent and unconstitutional machinations of a minuscule sliver of super-rich, traditionalist white Americans.

    Feeling their grip on global supremacy slipping, they’ve snatched one final, improbable chance to bleed us to death so they can buy a few more gold toilets before the biosphere collapses. Mr. Trump isn’t my president. I don’t mean it emotionally; I mean it literally. It’s not sloganeering; it’s observable truth.

    Mr. Trump has no intention of representing me, my family, the people I care about, or the majority of Americans, from the imperiled to the comfortable. It is a stretch to call him anyone’s president but his own.

    In the last days of the campaign, my husband said to me, “This election is part of the Civil War.” […]

    Those who believe that straight, white men have a mandate to burn the rest of us as fuel, to sell us for parts, to mow us down and climb up the pile, never truly conceded that war.. They have been biding their time, and this is their last great gambit. But I live in the America that won — the America with art and empathy and a free press and fierce protest. Not my president, not now, not ever.

  4. Lisa and her family were marching in Seattle…..

    Record Seattle crowd asserts women’s rights: ‘Trump has galvanized everybody’

    Seattle resident Nancy Page said it’s the first time she’s ever participated in a protest.

    At first she worried it was futile to march in Seattle, an overwhelmingly Democratic city, but she came to believe that if people from enough different walks of life came together, it would make a difference.

    “Maybe we are in a bubble, but I don’t think it’s an echo chamber,” she said. “Maybe (the march) is big enough, diverse enough. I don’t feel it’s futile anymore. I feel empowered by it, and how diverse it is.”

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