Commander in Chief acting like one

Watching the Armed Forces saying farewell to President Obama was surprisingly gratifying. In some places, it was framed as him saying goodbye to them; but it’s also top brass offering a series of tributes, recitations of his accomplishments as a military leader, and seemingly heartfelt expressions of gratitude — as well as deep respect. Hearing these men (all men so far, even the quoted statements from rank-and-file, *sigh*) expressing these sentiments is very touching, inspiring, and gratifying. They know what he is, and how he has served, and yeah, I’m reading in some subtext of their resigned recognition that the incoming administration will not be quite the same.
Also glad that they are making a point to acknowledge the contributions of Michelle and Jill Biden, and the effect the Presidency has had on Sasha and Malia. These honorees are men who celebrate all the women in their lives, and the military speakers respect those relationships and the women’s accomplishments as well. Perhaps it is even *because* of the very public egalitarian and feminist modeling Biden and Obama perform; I like to think so. It’s uplifting nonetheless. Oh, these end-of-term celebrations and thanks produce such mixed emotions!! ugghhhh


About amywinns

Semi-snarky, semi-sincere, occasionally ranting, always paying attention. Feminist who can work a skirt and crack a joke. Grammar nerd who is also fun at parties. Mid-career writer/editor with 15 years’ experience in newspapers & magazines who now helps developers at a major media corporation communicate with the suits who write the checks. Pro-women, pro-family, pro-choice, pro-workingclass, pro-entrepreneur, pro-farmer. Like every other bourgeois Brooklynite, I choose local/organic/raw food — mostly vegetables — whenever possible/reasonable/affordable but I’m not a smug asshole about it. Hometown: Atlanta. Weird hobby: lindy hop. No pets, no kids, no thanks.
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