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“…The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves” – Luke 22:26

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On January 20, 2017, Americans gave a “Farewell” to the first African American President, Barack H. Obama and the First Family as they left the Whitehouse. He was elected as the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008; he was sworn into his historic presidency on January 20, 2009. He was re-elected in 2012 and served a second term. President Obama and his family served our country with grace, dignity and honor; embodying the hopes and dreams of a generation.

Below is the Former President’s final thank-you letter to America, sent to the White House email list on the morning of January 19, 2017:

President Barack Obama sent out his farewell letter to the American people on January 19, 2017.

 

“Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power…This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it.”

“I think we’re going to see people of merit rise up from every race, faith, corner of this country, because that’s America’s strength,” Obama said. “Sometimes I get mad and frustrated like everybody else does, but at my core, I think we’re going to be OK,” he said. “We just have to fight for it; we have to work for it and not take it for granted.”  

 “I’m asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.”

 

– Quotes, farewell address of President Barack H. Obama,  1-10-2017.  Click the video below to see the entire address.



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Bishop Blake photographed with birthday balloons
Bishop Charles E. Blake and Lady Mae Blake