Black History Matters: Obama Farewell: The Last 8 Years

By: SaRah Al-Basir

Managing Editor


“I have no more campaigns to run, I know because I won both of them,” said President Barack Obama at his 2014 State of the Union address. America defied odds and made history by electing the first African American president 8 years ago. October 13, 2016 marked the last 100 days of Obama in office. Let’s look back at his accomplishments over these 8 years he has served as the face of country according to

  • Passed healthcare reform bill Affordable Care Act. The bill allowed affordable healthcare insurance to everyone.  
  • Ended the war in Iraq on Dec. 18, 2011 when the last of American troops left Iraq.
  • Killed Osama Bin Laden in 2011. Ordered special forces raid of secret compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in which the terrorist leader was killed.


We have shared so many great memories with the first family.


Obama has kept a great sense of humor and made the whole world laugh, and stare in awe at him and first lady Michelle Obama’s relationship. They have proved that you could be in a position of power and still have that everlasting love.


Jan. 20, 2011 at the inauguration Beyonce sung “At Last” with so much compassion the video went viral as relationship goals. So many people will miss all the great things he has done for America. He believed in so many great things such as equal love. He passed the bill that allowed all same sex couples to get married in all 50 states. June 26, 2015 Obama told America that “Love wins.”

Biden and Obama make the dynamic duo together they took over the world together for 8 years.

“8 years feels like just yesterday, Obama was my favorite president because he was so funny and kept his cool,” sophomore Walter Verge said.Screen Shot 2017-01-22 at 4.57.32 PM


In 2008 he captured our hearts and also our minds. The nation feel in love with his swagger, his wit, sense of humor, the way he treated his wife, the father he was, he was a blueprint to real man, and we loved him so much.


As a nation we have spent so many memorable moments with Obama and his family from him singing “Amazing Grace”, talking highly of his wife and best friend, or laughing at his dad jokes.  Remember the time he let his angry translator, comedian Keegan-Michael Key of Key and Peele, translate at the 2015 Correspondents dinner, and we will never forget the best mic drop ever when he said, “Obama out,” signaling the end of his 8 year term.


“I’m going to be sad and disappointed because I feel like he’s going to be our first and our last black president,” junior Rashaud Fuqua said.


His bromance with Biden was probably one of the best. Biden is always the one perceived to be quick to lose his cool, while Obama is always telling him to calm down. They took the White House by storm and not being just president and vice president, but being best friends and melting our hearts with humor and charm.


Dear Barack Hussein Obama II, Honolulu’s best, from the bottom of our heart it has been an honor for us to stand behind you, as you lead this beautiful country from the frontline, holding your head up so high and proud, you became an image of excellence and a picture of hope for some that didn’t have any. As I hold back tears I want to thank you so much for letting me know personally just because my hair is nappy and my skin is black that I can make it.   

Love Senior SaRah Al-Basir.
“Change we can believe in, Yes we can,” President Barack Obama.

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