If at some point today you heard a chorus of fangirl screaming and intense sobbing noises, there's no need to be scared. The reason for our collective hysteria was simple: President Obama finally made his first public appearance since leaving the White House in late January. In case you were wondering: We're feeling #blessed.
On Monday, the former president took some time off from his well-deserved, star-studded vacay to hold a conversation about civic engagement and community organizing with students at the University of Chicago. (Yes, we're jealous we weren't physically there.) His speech and the panel that followed soothed the hearts of millions who dearly missed him. To hear his voice again! To experience his dad-like jokes! To see the passion he has for this country! It was almost like he never left.
The event also served to remind us that even though he's not president anymore, Obama plans to stay in the public arena to help "prepare the next generation of leadership to take up the baton and take their own crack at changing the world." SWOON.
It feels like the last time he addressed the public was at least 800 lifetimes ago, so President Obama's comeback caused sort of an earthquake on Twitter. Understandably, emotions were running high among supporters of 44th. They were shedding all the tears.
*2 mins into President Obama's speech*— Malec ➰ (@withSnowbarry) April 24, 2017
I didn't listen to the President Obama's speech at work because crying at your desk= not professional. But, dios, I miss that man.— Librarian Chica (@maripoza67) April 24, 2017
Half the timeline watching President Obama speak today is like... pic.twitter.com/PBsxp3qGS9— Simar (@sahluwal) April 24, 2017
I'm sitting here trying not to cry while watching President Obama speak. Anybody else missing him as much as I am? 😢— 💙Rapunzel™ (@co_rapunzel4) April 24, 2017
Some people also were losing it because the former president (who we're calling Glowbama now) was not wearing a tie. To which we say: YAAAASSSSS, Barack!
I've never felt anything as much as I'm feeling Obama without the tie pic.twitter.com/SQ8rlKUZJh— Michelle Markowitz (@michmarkowitz) April 24, 2017
Other Twitter users appreciated that Obama took the time to meet up with young people and engage in such an important conversation.
Watching Obama interview a group of idealistic, involved young people, I'm reminded that there's a lot to be said for hope.— Shaun Cassidy (@shaunpcassidy) April 24, 2017
President Obama is here doing what he does best, inspiring young people in America and across the world. Thanks @BarackObama— Stephy (@StephyNJL) April 24, 2017
In the end, one thing was clear: Many of us really, really, really missed President Obama. Our only prayer is that he doesn't stay gone for too long. Do you hear us, Barry?
I MISSED OBAMA.— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) April 24, 2017
And having a president with actual empathy.
Listening to President Obama speak delivers an unbelievable sense of calm & motivation. I miss having a President who I love & respect. ❤️— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) April 24, 2017
We need more messages, inspiration, intelligence, and empathy put forth like how Obama did today. Damn, I miss that guy. #ObamaLegacy— Kristen Detsis (@kedetsis) April 24, 2017
Now, if you excuse us, we will replaying his speech all-day long.
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