Today my thoughts turn to the reality that we must prepare to say good-bye to President Barack Obama. As an American, I am proud to have had Barack Obama lead our country for the past 8 years. As a mother, I'm proud that Barack Obama was the first president my 8 year old daughter ever knew. I'm also proud that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama brought undeniable intelligence, elegance and grace to the White House. They will be missed. With an open heart I hope I am able to feel proud 4 years from now.