I am a born and raised Canadian from the west coast. Growing up, I was educated in your political system. I learned about your parties, how running and voting works, your states, your wars and the ideals of your country.
I cheered with millions when the votes were first counted in your favor then again four years after. I remember where I was standing and what I was doing. I remember making my stepson watch and calling my grandpa, who was equally proud. I remember it as well as 9/11 and Sandy Hook, Katrina and the BP oil spill. Your country has seen much success and tragedy, and in Canada, we stand with you in pride or empathy.
Now, in the past five years, my husband and I have met some wonderful people who reside in Oregon and California. We travel with them several times a year and are grateful to have them in our lives. Some, however, are quite possibly less than educated about their government, particularly the liberal side of it.
They believe that gun control is a personal vendetta against them. They believe that you are a Muslim who has committed treason. They believe that you aren't a true citizen and that your fight for equal rights means you're on the wrong side. Personally, sir, I believe they're full of crap.
From the outside, I see how you have worked to better employment and it is the highest it's been in years. You have pulled back troops. You have worked to repair the national debt. You supported families through the Sandy Hook tragedy. Your girls have grown up out of the media's eye and from all accounts are intelligent respectful young ladies. Your wife has worked to encourage healthy eating in and literacy in schools. Your family seems to be one to look up to and respect.
I can't imagine your job is an easy one. Personally, I'd rather deliver pizza.
So my questions to you are: How do you hold your head high amongst the negativity? Do you know how proud many of us are of you? Do you feel like you made the right decisions? And finally, what would you like to say to the naysayer jerks? (Because some are much worse, but I wouldn't use that language around you)
Keep your chin up!