Letters to the Editor

Obama’s farewell was a reminder of the great leader we are losing

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the audience after giving his farewell speech at McCormick Place on Jan, 10, 2017 in Chicago.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the audience after giving his farewell speech at McCormick Place on Jan, 10, 2017 in Chicago. TNS

As I watched President Barack Obama’s farewell on Jan. 10, I wondered how we could have gone from this high to the low we are now facing. Obama’s intelligence, generosity and loyalty shone through every word he said — a true gentleman.

The only way we can explain the hatred that right-wing politicians have demonstrated against him is through racism, a racism so deep that it escapes any form of rationality. We are facing very hard times, but we must remember that times of trial usually show what we really are. I am thankful and proud that I live in California, and I hope our state is once more the start of a loud “no” that spreads throughout the country.

Odile Ayral, San Luis Obispo

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