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God bless you Mr. President, and Mr. President-Elect

Updated on November 27, 2016

Historians will judge his heritage and the impact of his years of service.

The winter settles in.
The winter settles in. | Source
The headlines and the crises will arrive.
The headlines and the crises will arrive. | Source
The work is piling up and a starting path seems narrow.
The work is piling up and a starting path seems narrow. | Source
Persistence and real effort can clear the way ahead.
Persistence and real effort can clear the way ahead. | Source
Remember President Lincoln said, "...of the people, by the people, and for the people..."
Remember President Lincoln said, "...of the people, by the people, and for the people..." | Source

Thanks, Mr. President.

It has been asserted that "For every year an American president serves in office he ages physically by four years."

By January 2017 President Obama will have served as America's president for eight years. His hair is turning white, and if the assertion is true, he was 47 when he started his presidency and will leave the White House the physical equivalent of a man 79 years old.

Only his doctor knows whether or not his service as America's president has aged him in that way, and to that extent.

From the triumph of dealing with Osama bin Laden to the tragedies at Benghazi, his presidency has seen its high points and its lows. Historians will judge his heritage and the impact of his years of service.

That he was elected and served his country for eight tumultuous years while raising two fine daughters in the glare of the public spotlight, is cause enough to render the nation's thanks.

President Obama had to deal with the problems he inherited from his predecessor. He will leave office wishing he might have accomplished more.

His successor also enters the presidency with problems he is inheriting.

President-Elect Trump, age 70, will start his presidency with many of the same advantages President Obama had at the outset, including his party's majorities in both the United States Senate and the U. S. House of Representatives.

After an election campaign in which Trump and his opponents all promised a golden age of opportunity and prosperity, social justice and security, the next four years in the United States will have challenges which will be every bit equal to those President Obama faced in his first four years, unless Trump and his Republican Party can keep their majorities in the midterm elections of 2018 (something President Obama and his Democrats did not succeed in doing in 2010.)

Welcome to the challenges of the presidency, President-Elect Trump. You campaigned successfully for the job, but (as President Obama can tell you) the real work has only just begun.

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Photos Copyright 2016 Demas W. Jasper

As we begin to assess President Obama's legacy, this previous Hub seems appropriate to our weighing the balance: http://hubpages.com/politics/A-Congressmans-Comments . Click and paste to read it.

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      Demas W Jasper 9 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      It's still a good time to pray for President Obama, and to pray for President-elect Trump and America.

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      Demas W Jasper 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I have added a Hub reference at the bottom of this Hub as a reminder of why President Obama's tenure in the White House, and his relations with Congress, have appeared weak and meandering at times.

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      Demas W Jasper 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      kbdressman - Simpatico.

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      kbdressman 10 months ago from Harlem, New York

      I found it a fitting statement that we resumed relations with Cuba before Fidel's death, but didn't meet with him although he was still alive and taking audiences with foreign leaders. It kind of said that we were willing to set aside old grievances in hopes of a brighter future between the two nations, but clearly said that we didn't pardon or forgive Fidel's crimes against humanity. It minimized him and less of Fidel is a good thing for the world.

      I agree it would be nice to see that same kind of attitude from Romney. We can be supportive of Trump during his presidency and work with him for the good of the nation without supporting the kind of campaign he ran or the ethical and moral issues in his past. It would take quite a compromise of moral standards to apologize for having denounced him during the election. I too hope it doesn't happen.

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      Demas W Jasper 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      kbdressman - In a way, it is nice that Obama started a move toward normalizing our relations with the Cuban people before Castro died. I hope Romney doesn't issue a public apology to Trump. Then he would appear 'groveling' as one Hubber claimed he was doing in meeting with Trump.

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      kbdressman 10 months ago from Harlem, New York

      This hub caught my eye hours after Fidel Castro's death. While I can't say I've always been a huge fan of everything our recent presidents and our president elect have done or said, looking at the atrocities Fidel (and others like him) committed as a world leader makes me feel better about what's going on in our political scene. Having to deal with global affairs has got to be one of the most taxing jobs possible. Whether we voted for Trump or Obama or not, I agree, they definitely need our prayers and well-wishes.