If you haven’t watched this already, you really need to. It’s an hour long, but don’t be put off. The fact that our President was willing to sit down with Tumblr and answer these questions blindly is, I think, incredibly impressive.
This came at a coincidentally perfect time for me because I’ve been trying to figure out what to do about the nightmare of paying my loans from abroad once and for all. It needs to get easier, and in considering my options, I have to start paying better attention to the details of what is and isn’t possible via Sallie Mae. That isn’t the easiest task (understatement of the century), but the fact that this public conversation even happened gives me a tiny bit of hope.
I don’t run my mouth on the interwebs about politics all that often, and I have the healthiest of skepticism for any politician, but I really think that Obama has shown a lot of honesty here. There are things I don’t fully agree with, and his answers weren’t always perfect, but I don’t feel like he was ever trying to actively dodge a question or pull the wool over our eyes. I really appreciate that. There were some difficult questions here.
We have a GOOD president, you guys. We really do.
While I don’t intend to live in the US again any time soon, I am still American, and I’m happy to say that. The US has problems but I hold it in equal regard to my current home. My family is in America, as well as many of my friends, and I think it’s a great place to grow up and to live. I’ve been away for a long time, and the beginning of that time was a difficult time to tell people I was American because I always felt ashamed that George W Bush was in charge. I felt like I had to apologise. I know I’m not the only one. Some people may take issue with that, but most of those people haven’t seen the US from outside the US, particularly during that time. America is great, but it’s part of the world, and I feel an awful lot better about being an American out in the world when a guy like this is the one calling the shots.
This video highlights frustration and work to be done. But I think, quite importantly, it highlights a will for taking that work forward. I don’t know who will be the next president, and hopefully it won’t be someone to double back on any progress Obama manages to make, but the scary thing this video also reminds us of is the fact that the US is very big and the population is very split on some pretty fundamental things. It’s hard to see how we’ll get past that. But at least we know someone at the top is listening for now.