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The Obamas

We're all still recovering from seeing Donald Trump sitting next to Barack Obama in the Oval Office. Thankfully, their transitional meeting on Thursday was seemingly productive, but it also highlighted the differences between the two men, and the Trump and Obama families. For eight years, the Obamas have served as role models in determination and decorum. Barack made our rights a cornerstone of his administration, signing a hate crimes bill, orchestrating an end to "don't ask, don't tell" and the ban on trans servicemembers, and encouraging the Supreme Court to legalize marriage equality. Meanwhile, Michelle will be remembered as one of our nation's most beloved First Ladies, teaching us to "go high" when they "go low," and, with Barack, raising two smart, beautiful daughters, Sasha and Malia. This First Family looked different than all those that preceded them and, in handling themselves masterfully, showed America that change isn't always scary. When we finally get an LGBT president (22nd-century, maybe?), they will owe a debt of gratitude to the Obamas. We already do.


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