I waited 10 hours to see President Obama at a rally in Leesburg, VA on October 22, 2008.
He delivered an impassioned speech and was just as masterful an orator then, as he is now.
He shook hands and greeted as many as he could.
And on January 20th, 2009 I waited 6 hours in the freezing cold along with 1.8 million other people for that moment.
The President encouraged tolerance and acceptance of others. He spoke of turning to civil discourse when we found ourselves at odds with another's opinion. He taught us to seek to understand one another and to view each other as friends, not as enemies. A country is made stronger by a people who are united.
Whether you agree with all or none of President Obama's policies, it is difficult to deny that this man brought decency, grace, humility, and dignity to the White House. And now, on the night of his farewell address, I'd just like to say that despite the rigors of office, the man was a good husband, a good father, and he will be missed.