Barack and Michelle Obama sent the Parkland students a handwritten letter
In case you need one more reason to miss the Obamas so, so much — we’ve got it for you. Barack and Michelle Obama sent a handwritten letter to the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, thanking them for their courage, fight, and leadership following the tragic mass shooting that took place last month. It’s a beautiful note, and a reminder that young people are pretty much paving the way towards a better, safer future.
The Obamas’ letter, obtained by Mic, started out by telling the students how inspiring they’ve been following the horrific tragedy and applauding the “resilience, resolve and solidarity” they’ve shown in the weeks after. And a-freaking-men to that. These high schoolers have literally started an entire organized movement and eloquently, fiercely petitioned Congress for change.
“There may be setbacks; you may sometimes feel like progress is too slow in coming. But we have no doubt you are going to make an enormous difference in the days and years to come, and we will be there for you.”— Mic (@mic) March 21, 2018
Read the full letter here: https://t.co/FOQYVguNFw#ParklandStrong pic.twitter.com/zOjEKkVR94
“Not only have you supported and comforted each other, but you’ve helped awaken the conscience of the nation, and challenged decision makers to make the safety of our children the country’s top priority,” the Obamas wrote. “Throughout our history, young people like you have led the way in making America better.”
The couple warned the students that progress might be slow and setbacks will come their way, but none of that will really matter. “We have no doubt you are going to make an enormous difference in the days and years to come, and we will be there for you,” they concluded.
If you feel like sobbing into a pillow right now, you’re definitely, definitely not alone. The Twitterverse responded to the letter with so much blubbering and a whole lot of wistfulness.
This is what honor, dignity, grace, and leadership looks like. pic.twitter.com/jLROyv5EmT— Breaking & Entering (@BreakandEnterTV) March 22, 2018
That is ‘presidential’💯👍👍👍👍— katgal (@katgal2) March 21, 2018
Class never gets old.— Sheila Garland 🍀🍀 (@SheilaGinHB) March 21, 2018
This isn’t the first time that the Obamas reached out to Parkland students. Michelle took to Twitter back in February and said she was in “total awe” of the young crusaders.
“Like every movement for progress in our history, gun reform will take unyielding courage and endurance,” she wrote. “But @barackobama and I believe in you, we’re proud of you, and we’re behind you every step of the way.”
I’m in total awe of the extraordinary students in Florida. Like every movement for progress in our history, gun reform will take unyielding courage and endurance. But @barackobama and I believe in you, we’re proud of you, and we’re behind you every step of the way.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 22, 2018
The former president echoed those sentiments, telling the students that he’s “got [their] backs.” *Sigh.* Remember the days when our president showed genuine empathy and respect? You know, like, he didn’t need a cheat sheet with a reminder to say “I hear you” to grieving students (still haven’t gotten over that one just yet).
Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be. We've been waiting for you. And we've got your backs.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 22, 2018
If you want to take part in Parkland students’ upcoming march for gun control, you can head to their website here and find an organized event closest to you.