I was so proud four years ago when the president was first elected, because for once race was put aside and the content of the candidate’s character was the determining factor in his victory. I absolutely adore the First Family and what they represent. It’s very disheartening to constantly see and hear negative stereotypes, opinions and generalizations about your race, so to see them is rejuvenating. Don’t get me wrong; I didn’t vote for the president just because he is black. I voted for him because I felt that he had the best intentions for the country. He is not a president without flaws, but I definitely feel that he’s trying to turn this country around in the right direction. The past four years of running this country was a bumpy road for him, and the next four years won’t be smooth sailing either. I can say with confidence I have no regrets about the decision that I made to vote for him twice. I salute you, Mr. President! We’ve made a lot of progress as a nation, but we still have a long way to go. I hope Dr. King is smiling down knowing that all of his hard work was not in vain and the dream that he envisioned so long ago is being fulfilled.