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Goodbye Mr. President: Written in Rhyming Fashion

My name is Ruby. I write poetry, flash fiction and short stories. I am a dreamer who believes in equality for all mankind.


Has it really only been eight years?

The years flew by so quickly

A timespan of feeling proud, yet facing turmoil and fears

You've accomplished so much, while your hands were invisibly tied behind your back

You remained steadfast, poised

And never once lost track

Of the promises you made eight years ago

Healthcare for the poor, increased employment equality for the masses

You did all this without ever going low

The GOP said you were weak combatting terrorist attacks

While you were secretly working under the radar

Gathering critical facts

You were highly respected around this war-torn world

A class act, you and your family

Even though the spiteful innuendos swirled

First, you were not born in America, you were a Muslim and you were a racist

Then the good people

Called you an atheist

You managed a beautiful smile through it all

Your stature grew much taller

When foes predicted your fall

A President, a family man a bona fide statesman

I still want to rise

And yell, " Yes we can "

I was overjoyed when you said that you were not gonna disappear

I must admit

I shed a happy tear

We need your wisdom more than ever before, your courage and farseeing hope

As our homeland faces threats

And we Americans strive to hold on and cope

I watched you and Michelle dance and sing at the opening of the Black museum in DC

I found myself out of my chair singing and dancing along

As Gladys Knight sang " The Midnight Train To Georgia so beautifully

In closing, my mind is reminding me that America was blessed when you, a gifted Black man decided to run for the presidency and won

I'm sure in time, the historians will write multiple accolades about you and a job well done.


Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on March 09, 2020:

Thank you Paula. I removed the video. I didn't put another one on. I think this hub is on it's last leg. Thanks again.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on March 09, 2020:

Hello Peggy. I was so fond of President Obama. I hated to see him go. He was given such a rough time by the GOP. And, yes, he turned our economy around. I think he will be remembered well. Thank you for your nice comment.

Suzie from Carson City on March 08, 2020:

Ruby honey......You have a broken link. Your video. Knew you would want to know. :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 08, 2020:

I enjoyed your ode to President Obama. As President, he turned a failing economy that was on the brink of disaster around and started the recovery, which has lasted until today. The coronavirus is hurting it now, and that may have devastating effects. Time will tell. Elections truly matter, and we have another one coming up later this year. Let's pray that the right people are elected.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 24, 2017:

Hello Manatita, so nice to see you. Yes, President Obama had a difficult time. He was left with a mountain of debt, plus those who hated him and fought him everyday. I loved him and his family, and in a way, I'm glad he's getting some rest time, but he promised he'd always be around, that makes me happy. Thank you so much...

manatita44 on February 24, 2017:

A very sweet piece, Ruby. You know, I think that Obama did the impossible, considering that from day he was fighting a whole lot of powerful people, who not only saw things a different way, but deliberately wanted to bring him down. Yet he took a failing economy, as a young inexperienced President and turned it around. Nice touch!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 15, 2017:

Hello Shyron, I'm so glad to see you here. I know how much you supported President Obama. I love your poetic response. I saw him skiing in Hawaii this week, and he looked rested and happy. God bless him and his family. Thank you dear one. Hugs...

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on February 14, 2017:

Ruby, Ruby my gem of a friend

You miss Obama, I also miss him

An honorable man who served us well

He did us proud, standing up to those who wished him to fail

With all the Republicans wishing Obama to hell

Making up lies and spreading them well

He faced them all and never backed down

Standing up for all even the one who wished him to fail

The greed, jealousy and envy they cannot deny

They want to erase everything that Obama did

And malign him and his family while their own sins they hid

Anyone who was against him can’t tell you why

That is what makes it so sad saying good bye

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 08, 2017:

Hello Sunshine, so happy to see you. I'm with you. I wish we could change the law to keep a president as long as the people want. I saw him water skiing yesterday in Hawaii and was thrilled to see him enjoying himself. I agree. He was an amazing man. Thank you so much..

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 08, 2017:

Shauna, I'm happy to know you didn't vote for Trump. I know a lot of good people did because of his promise to make America great. My son voted for him, and he still believes in him. I watch the people he's adding to his cabinet and cringe, all billionaires. Thanks for coming back. I appreciate you....

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on February 08, 2017:

Oh how I wish I could have voted for Obama for a 3rd time. He made such a huge impact on the lives of so many and he continues to do so. A wonderful tribute to an amazing man.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 08, 2017:

I didn't vote for Trump either. I was flabbergasted when he won!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 07, 2017:

Hi Shauna. When he started out with Health Insurance, he wanted socialized insurance like every other civilized country has, but the powerful insurance company stepped in. The GOP had a majority, so he didn't get what he wanted. Taxing people who had no insurance was not right. He was not perfect, but a good man I believe. I voted for Hillary. I would have voted for anyone against Trump. I liked Bernie. Thanks for reading and commenting...

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 07, 2017:

I didn't vote for Obama and wasn't pleased when he won the presidency twice. However, I don't think he did too bad a job. The only thing I strongly disagree with is implementing a tax penalty for those who do not have health insurance. To me, that's just wrong.

I must say, though, I watched his "going out" speech and was impressed with the grace with which he passed the wand. I just wish he could have passed it to someone else.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 03, 2017:

Thank you Nell. In time, I think he'll be remembered as a great president. I'm glad you liked him. Thank you so much...

Nell Rose from England on February 03, 2017:

Hi Ruby, I loved Obama from across the pond! he was so cool and friendly, this is a great tribute to a great man!

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 01, 2017:

Hello William. I see you did find my site. Thank you for reading and leaving a thoughtful comment...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on February 01, 2017:

Hello Coffeequeen, I don't believe I've met you before. Thank you for the beautiful poem comment..

William Straub on February 01, 2017:

Yes, it is written well and I can see that you put a lot of thought into this

poem. It is tribute to a man who's hands were tied as he tried to make significant changes in American society.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on February 01, 2017:

That's a beautiful poem. I'll miss him.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 29, 2017:

Hello Frank. So happy to see you back on HP, we missed you. Thank you for coming to read this good-bye tribute...

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 29, 2017:

what a wonderful tribute... love the poem concept in this farewell piece.. always you out did yourself :)

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 28, 2017:

Hello Vellur, so glad to liked my farewell piece to President Obama. Thank you much...

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 28, 2017:

A wonderful poem to say goodbye to Mr. President, great write.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 27, 2017:

Genna, am I surprised that Trump completely ignored Melania? NO! He appears to be a man who thinks solely of himself. I'm sure his whole family has received more attention from him during this political season than ever before. I studied his type in a physiology course and he fits the egocentric diagnosis perfectly. I must admit that I felt sorry for her while looking at the piece you sent. The difference between the presidents treatment of their wives' was striking. Surely the House and Senate will realize his trigger-quick actions are over the top. I don't like Pence's politics, but he would be more presidential acting. Mike is right, we've got to engage more and see that they are voted out in four years, or sooner perhaps. Trump thinks nothing about breaking the law, or changing the law to suit his agenda. It's a scary time in America. Thanks so much for the clip. Seeing Bill and Hillary when they were younger was a real treat...Hugs..

Genna East on January 27, 2017:

Hi Ruby...

A friend of mine sent me this link. I saw the Obama's greet the Trumps when they were already at the entrance of the Whitehouse, and Melania handed Michelle a gift. I didn't see what happened directly beforehand. Have a nice weekend.


Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 26, 2017:

Hello bodylevive, nice to meet you. I'm glad you liked my poem. It was written from my heart. I love that it touched the window of your heart. What a sweet comment. Thank you...

BODYLEVIVE from Alabama, USA on January 25, 2017:

Oh my, it's as though you were seeing through the window of my heart. I've read many poems here bust this is the very best poem I've read in a very long time, anywhere. Thank you.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 24, 2017:

Oh Genna, never apologize for commenting on any of my hubs. I admire your intelligence and reporting facts. I must say that I'm disappointed, but we have a new president, and we will cope. This is America and no one man rules. We will soon discover if he will help heal this nation. It scares me that he has close ties with Russia, and his many business dealings with foreign countries. I detest the rioting and burning people are doing. I call them hoodlums not patriotic protestors. We will be watching and will soon learn if he thinks of the people he's serving first. I honestly hope he does all the things he promised. I am, in a way, happy to see the Obama family getting some long overdue rest. God bless them. Thank you so much for being a friend..Hugs.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 23, 2017:

I know what you mean, Ruby. The anarchists that showed up at the inauguration gave a bad name to the vast majority of protestors that were peaceful. One protestor tried to stop one who tried to set fire to a garbage bin and was punched in the face.

In contrast, the Jan 21st march was peaceful, and from what I've read thus far, with no arrests. Can you imagine? Millions of people, worldwide, and no violence. Even Gandhi would have been impressed. :-)

I only watched bits and pieces of the inauguration process. For example, the Trumps' arrival at the White House. Melania looked stunning in Ralph Lauren's robin's-egg blue design that seemed to bloom against the gray, overcast sky. She was very gracious, smiling at Michelle with genuine warmth as she handed her a gift. You can tell she truly likes and respects the former First Lady. Watching Trump with his head bent slightly downward, as usual, and his trade-mark, perpetual grimace was depressing.

I didn't watch any of the swearing-in ceremony, nor Trump's speech but read the transcript. I made a point of watching the parade's many participants and bands because this is our country, which we love. They were wonderful

I'm an Independent. (There are more Indies in Massachusetts than people realize.) At least three of my friends voted for Trump; others, for Clinton; others voted, but did not choose Trump or Clinton in the presidential race. Not one who voted for Trump feels disenfranchised, by the way, or represents the forgotten man, but were single-issue or two-issue voters. I never bring up the election or pass judgment on who they voted for; these are my friends -- and I support everyone's freedom in the right of choice. But two of the Trump voters have since voiced regrets; they watched Trump for two months after the election in giving him a chance. One said, "I'm embarrassed." Another said, "You look the other way until you can't any more. We made a mistake."

I like to think that at the end of the day, it will be the character of voters that ultimately keeps Trump more honest, and demand integrity and strong leadership with a positive and knowledgeable vision. And I keep hoping for that epiphany. :-)

Sorry for the long post, my friend.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 22, 2017:

Hello again Paula. I'm happy to hear that you voted for Obama twice. I agree about Michelle, she was a roll model we all could look up to. I can't believe Modonna's remark. It's a good thing she's in America, if she was in Russia she's be shot! I can't believe Sha is expecting and you the Godmother, what a hoot! Yes, we all will be watching every move the new president makes. Have you noticed, I can't type President Trump. I need more time. My processing department is in a down mode....Be good GF and stay out of trouble...Hugs galore...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 22, 2017:

Hello Dana, your comment has so much truth in it. President Obama did the best he could under the circumstances. He only had veto power, the house and senate had the power to block any agenda he wanted. I was appalled every time Trump held a press conference, his ego was over the top. I will say that I hope he will do all the things he promised to do, if so I can support him. Thank you so much...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 22, 2017:

Hello Peg. Thank you for the nice compliment about my writing. I remember well when I first started on HubPages, I needed a lot of help and you were one that came to my rescue. I hope that politics will not divide us. I truly hope that I can write a tribute to Trump. I want nothing but the best for this country. I will miss President Obama and his family. I loved them very much. Thank you for stopping by...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 22, 2017:

Genna, I watched his speech and was appalled. It was a speech filled with America's ills, nothing said about anything good. And you're correct, he is the only fix. I admire the women's march, but I deplore the hoodlums who are burning and destroying property. That is not the way to protest. It must be done at the voting booth. I, like you, hope and pray that Trump means what he says. We shall soon see. The billionaires he's appointed to help lead this country is worrisome too. Take care and keep us informed. Hugs...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 21, 2017:

Hello Ven. I'm glad that you liked him and my tribute. Thank you for your kind remark...

Suzie from Carson City on January 21, 2017:

Ruby.....One thing I always notice at the end of a man's Presidency is how they age. It really is 4 or 8 years of a crazy job that I just don't understand anyone actually wanting! Barack shows every day of those 8 years.

Michele worked really hard as 1st Lady too and she accomplished a LOT! They're people I would love as neighbors! Heck, I voted for him both times.

I do hope they get some rest and have some carefree fun as a family. I wonder what they felt when they awoke this morning as free citizens??

I'm not even going to take a guess at how the Donald will do, but no doubt every American will have hawk eyes on him, watching, listening and of course (what we do best) griping up a storm the minute he steps out of line. The protests have been wild. I don't recall ever seeing so much of it for any president. Did you catch "Madonna's" comment at one of the women's rallies. She's such a BeeOtch!! She said she has thought seriously about "blowing up the White House." Way to go you stupid wench! She'll have the CIA parked outside her house for a few years! Oh well....we shall see what we shall see. Later girlfriend! OH! did you hear? Sha is poignant! I read it on bill's hub! I'm going to be the godmother!

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on January 21, 2017:

Hello Ruby. As usual the fact that you are a gem among gem's came shining through for all to see. What a wonderful tribute to the man who made history. People were awfully hard on Barack, Too hard in my opinion. People have their own personal reasons for not liking him, and if most were honest, it had nothing to do with the way he ran this country. I will always feel he did the best he could with what he was given. Which was a country that was already in the throes of greed and corruption. He couldn't solve all the world's problems, yet he didn't cause them either, all the other President's before him did. Now we can only pray that we can choose a President whose not "power hungry" and has a moral conscience to do right by this country.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 21, 2017:

Hello Paula. Your sense of humor always takes any fears, I might have away. I know you are an independent, but you are able to look at all sides and hope. I love that aspect about you GF. I really do hope Trump will do all the things he promised. I am glad, in a way, to see Obama get some rest. I watched his hair go gray and some age lines due to the stress. Thank you for your friendship...Hugs.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 21, 2017:

Hello Audrey. He was not one to brag so his accomplishment's were under the radar. When we got Ben Lauden, he said very little. Thanks so much my friend....

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 21, 2017:

Hello Bill. I agree. He served us well without any hint of scandal, and you're right, not many Presidents will go down in history with that honor. He was a good President who cared about people, color was not an issue with him. Thank you for coming to read and comment...

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on January 21, 2017:

Your skills at poetry are quite developed, Ruby. I hope in four years you will have a comparable tribute to this new President, as well.

I, for one, am willing to give him a chance before I come to judgement. We will see what he does with all of us watching.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 21, 2017:

Mornin' Ruby...

We had a huge protest in Boston yesterday, with thousands taking to the streets. Tens of thousands are supposed to do the same, today, as part of the Women's March protest in DC that is being supported all over the world.

I wasn't a fan of Trump's speech in that it seemed to pander to his base, and insulted the work, gains and accomplishments of Obama. (This country is clearly not in the abyss it was eight years ago.) True, the problems he talked about are quite real but his emphasis seemed to border on his obligatory, editorial use "we" versus the inferred "I alone can fix this" and "I am your hope." It was clearly aimed at keeping his supporters angry with Trump as their savior. He's replacing what he derides as the "DC wealthy elite" with some of his own "wealthy elite" in the Cabinet. And his thumping (repeated) declarations of populist nationalism in his speech bordered on isolationism. This is one scary puppy. Again, I hope and pray that I'm wrong, my friend, or that Trump experiences some kind of epiphany. Have a good weekend. -)

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on January 21, 2017:

Very nice tribute to a great President of America. He is so lovely and gentle that all people like and respect him profoundly. I wish him and his family a very happy and pleasant life always, wherever they live.

Suzie from Carson City on January 20, 2017:

Ruby...,You did a great job of expressing how you feel and I applaud your talent. I'd vote for YOU any day to write a poem about me! (Keep it clean, please Ruby!! LOL)

I feel the Obamas were a sweet family & I can understand how all who have loved them, will miss them. I will miss his stand-up comedic genius at all the formal dinners.!! Three cheers to a President who can show his people skills with such ease.

Watching their daughters grow up before our eyes was amazing. Yes, they really are a special family. I hope one day they read your poem!!

Keep your chin up girlfriend.....we'll all be watching the new guy. I have hope......Hugs, Paula

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 20, 2017:

Hello Genna, I watched Trump's inauguration today with a sick feeling in my stomach. I truly hope he does all he promised. I will miss President Obama and his BIG smile. Trump's association with Putin terrifies me. Thank you so much..

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 20, 2017:

Hello John. I'm so happy to hear that President Obama was highly respected in your homeland. Thanks for reading and leaving a positive comment...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 20, 2017:

Hello Mike. I'm so glad you approve of my good-bye to President Obama. A statesman he truly was. I will miss the Obama family! Thank you....

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on January 20, 2017:

An excellent tribute Ruby to a man who wears dignity at all times. He was not appreciated enough. Thank you.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 20, 2017:

Hello lifegate. I watched Trump's speech and truly hope he means what he's saying. The only thing we can do is pray and hope. Thanks for coming by...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 20, 2017:

Hello Mar, I think President Obama will always be around to help anyway he can, but he does need a rest. I watched him age drastically in eight years. Thank you Dear one..

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 20, 2017:

Hello Chris. I know President Obama was not loved by everyone, but even the people who disliked him will have to admit that he was a man who stood for equality for all, and not a whisper of scandal in eight years. I noticed a calmness in his face yesterday. He deserves a rest.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 20, 2017:

Eight years without even a sniff of a personal scandal. That's really rather amazing for our President, isn't it? I can't remember, in my lifetime, when that happened...maybe Jimmy Carter.....Gerald Ford? That's a long, long time ago. This man will be greatly missed. Thank you, Ruby!

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 20, 2017:

A highly intelligent mind, character, dignity, a charismatic sense of humor, respect, integrity and grace. These characteristics of President Obama stand in sharp contrast to those of his successor. I shall miss the first family. Our President left the President-elect with a country, overall, in much better shape than the economic nightmare and chaos he inherited eight years ago. But as Obama said, we still have much work to do. In a sense, Trump has a much easier playing field. We can only hope that he doesn't lose sight of the better nature of our nation's goals, entirely. Thank you for this beautiful and sage poem, Ruby. It was a good way to begin a sad day, my friend.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on January 20, 2017:

Very well penned and fitting tribute to (I think)a greatly under-appreciated President. Most people I know from outside America have always had great respect for President Obama (and his family)and for what he tried to do. Well done, Ruby.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 19, 2017:

Hello Ruby - I think you have penned a beautiful piece here, that denotes what many around the country feel. I think the word Statesmen describes President Obama well.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on January 19, 2017:

and so another chapter begins in American history. I guess time will tell what's ahead. Thanks for sharing this piece with us.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on January 19, 2017:

"I was overjoyed when you said that you were not gonna disappear" - me too, my friend.

Beautiful and heartfelt. Thank you, dear Ruby.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on January 19, 2017:

Ruby, Thank you for sharing from your heart. Of course not everyone will agree with your summation of President Obama, but we can set politics aside sometimes and just enjoy the moment, the man and his family. I have appreciated President Obama on several occasions. One thing we have is a healthcare program that, while far from perfect, has taught us a great deal. The Republicans may be able to take it much further, but they would not be able to do that if President Obama had not take the first step for us. It's all in a continuum, a flow. One administration hands the results of their hard work off to the next and on it goes.

Beautiful words, Ruby. Thanks for sharing.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 19, 2017:

Ann, all we can do is hope and pray that Trump cares about the people more than himself. Thanks again...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 19, 2017:

Hello tsmog. Nice to meet you. Your compassionate comment is very appreciated. Thank you.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 19, 2017:

Hello MZB, I agree. He stood tall among the many jabs. I admired his attitude so much. Thank you so much.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 19, 2017:

I would hope so too, yet I have grave doubts.


Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 19, 2017:

Hello Ann, truer words were never spoken. I think he is a man with deep convictions and wants to make our world a better place for all mankind. I am ashamed that people believed Trump would help them, but I can understand their hope. I sincerely hope he will do what he says he will do, but a doubting Thomas I am until proven wrong. Thanks much for reading and leaving a pleasant comment...

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 19, 2017:

Thank you Erick, so happy to see that you thought he was a great man. I appreciate your comment..

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on January 19, 2017:

Wonderful poem about a man I am just learning about this year. I find the emotions conveyed in lyric opens my heart and mind to know more.

Ruby Jean Richert (author) from Southern Illinois on January 19, 2017:

Hello Martie. I surely will miss him and his smile, and Michelle was a beautiful wife and mother. The thought of Trump running our government makes me cringe. I wish we could change the law and let Obama run again. I think he would win in a landslide. Thank you so much for coming to read my piece.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on January 19, 2017:

Your tribute was fantastic, and I think Ann said it all for us. He carried himself with so much dignity.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 19, 2017:

I love this tribute to a man who has dignity, integrity and is honourable. From my viewpoint across the pond, I always found him to be someone who thinks before he speaks, who cares deeply about what happens in his country and who has a real connection with his people. It is a shame to label him as 'ineffective' which many Americans seem to do.

The contrast between this elegant, unassuming, yet strong man and the president-elect could not be wider. I don't think Trump has any of those attributes and so far I don't think he has been at all 'presidential'.

Great poem about a great man.


Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 19, 2017:

This is a great tribute for a great man. You did it well. Thank you for sharing it.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on January 19, 2017:

President Obama surprised his friends and enemies, and he will be remembered with a warm feeling of satisfaction in your/our hearts.

Let's hope that we will say the same about Pres. Trump at the end of his term.

Believe in miracles!

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