Obama is probably the best POTUS that I have seen in my lifetime. When he ran for his for office first time in 2008, I followed him everywhere on-line. Even though I had my doubts I wished US will choose its first black president. When he got elected I couldn't believe myself but was very happy. But happiness didn’t stay long, I wanted CHANGE to happen fast and in very visible way. There were lots of things I was unhappy with his administration including killing FOIA reform bills, Syrian Airstrikes, Aaron Swartz, Handling Manning, NSA Spying etc
When Anju forwarded me the application form for Obama foundation town-hall. I was doubtful of getting an invite considering how much I have criticized his administration in the past. But I applied thinking if I get a chance, I would want to thank him for couple of things, one of them being pardoning Chelsea Manning. And to my surprise I did get an invite and got the privilege of asking him a question. I had two questions in my head, I asked the first one
- How do you build consensus with people who don’t agree with you, especially in the political environment we live in.
- What's your opinion on role of civil disobedience in change making given both countries have rich history of it
You can see his response in the video below.
Yes, I did thank him. Also he is smart, witty, sensible and still the best POTUS of our times.