Good-bye Barack Obama: A Special Collection of Blogs, Videos, Photos, Reflections

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In the tradition of past special packages we’ve done on, for Dr. King, for fathers, for mothers, for Maya Angelou, for the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the Hurricane Katrina anniversary, on womanhood, on manhood, on topics as varied as Beyonce’s “Lemonade” and the deaths of Prince and Muhammad Ali, we solicited submissions from our contributors as they reflect on the presidency of Barack Obama. As we move into the uncharted territory of a new administration that seems hell-bent on reversing President Obama’s legacy, his historic rise to power and achievements remind us of our shared responsibility to carry on the work of making this nation a more perfect union.

Michael Cohen, BK Nation Editorial Director


Thanks, Obama

By Olivia Jordan



Nothing Wakes You Up like a Nightmare: What I Will Take away from the Obama Administration

By Tayllor Johnson



The Kenyan-American President

By Jerry Ward


Two of the most important men in My Life

By Rebecca Cokley


For Lorenzo: Image In the Age of Obama

By Leah Daughtry


How Obama the Candidate Became Obama, My President

By Charles Poole


The Wonder Years: Obama’s Presidency

By Nikasi Doorn


Hangover IV: The Inauguration

By Allen Callaci


Thank You, Mr. President: An Ambivalent Retrospective

By Mark Naison


Watching My Son Say Goodbye to The Only President He’s Known

By Heidi Barker


Farewell, Mr. Obama

By Marta Wróbel


Prayers for Obama … and beyond

By Nancy Faram



Memories of October 2009

By Lisa Coffman


A Farewell to President Obama

By Jessica Sirmans

FILE -- In a Nov. 12, 2011 file photo first lady Michelle Obama listens during a visit to MA’O Organic Farms in Waianae, Hawaii. Michelle Obama cajoled Jay Leno into nibbling on apples, sweet potato fries and a pizza made with eggplant, green peppers and zucchini on the "Tonight Show," Tuesday Jan. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh/file)

Is Domestic Violence a Bipartisan Issue?

By Christopher Hall

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he leaves Rome's airport March 28, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito (ITALY - Tags: POLITICS)

A Letter to Myself, the Night before the Election

By Mandisa Tutt


The Obama Presidency and My Wokeness

By Min Pai


The Legacy of Barack Obama: Self-Perception Matters

By Bummi Niyonu Anderson


My Mother and Barack Obama: Columbia Alums

By Themba Sibeko


Two Poems

By Adrian Arancibia


Good-bye Barack Obama: Where Is Our “Hope” and “Yes We Can” and “Change”? (Coming Soon)

By Kevin Powell

Six Essential Videos as Curated by BK Nation

1. 2004 Democratic National Convention

2. 2008 Philadelphia

3. President Obama’s Belfast Waterfront Hall speech in full: Michelle Obama introduces the President

4. President-Elect Obama’s First Press Conference

5. What hip hop tells us about President Obama

6. GOP Rep. to Obama: ‘You Lie!


1. WTF Marc Maron– Episode 613: President Barack Obama

2. The Axe Files– Episode 108: President Barack Obama


Milestones: Barack Obama

An interactive timeline of Barack Obama’s life and career


Michelle Obama: Her Best Speeches

1. 2016 Democratic National Convention

2. Keynote Address at 2008 DNC



1. The Final Interview with The Obamas (Full Interview) | PEN | Entertainment Weekly

2. Michelle’s Farewell Conversation with Oprah

3. Tuskegee University Commencement Address (C-SPAN)