It has been a few months since we have seen anything truly heartfelt and inspirational come out of the White House, so this note (below) from Patriots’ back-up quarterback Jacoby Brissett has an especially strong impact.
Brissett was 16 when President Obama took office, and the election of America’s first African America Commander-in-Chief had a profound effect on him. Now an NFL rookie, the Super Bowl Champion took his White House visit as an opportunity to express his profound appreciation for the “Big O.”
The note, posted as the Instagram caption to a image of Brissett by a picture of Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act his second week in office, describes the personal impact that the 44th President had on him and those close to him. “Now, kids from my community – and my future children – will know that there is no dream too big – even they could be the President of the United States,” Brissett wrote.
In the message, Brissett claims not to know much about politics, but with the sincerity and thoughtfulness displayed below, we’d be lucky if he considered a run for office in his post-NFL career.
While it will be hard to get through the letter without tearing up, don’t be surprised to find yourself laughing at the end. Brissett couldn’t help giving Obama a little grief over his basketball game…
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Dear Big O, I am writing you this letter to say thank you. I want to thank you for what you have done for this country – outside of politics. Honestly, I don't know enough about politics to judge what was good or bad, but I want you to know that when you said "Yes We Can" – a young man dreaming a dream from rough circumstances in Florida heard you. When you were elected President for the first time I was 16 and I watched you make the never-imaginable, attainable and I heard your cry to inspire hope. I used those words as motivation and saw your achievement as an opportunity and permission to work make my dreams come true too. You were the President of the United States – the highest office in the world. You broke a barrier and a stereotype proving not every minority has to use a ball to make a way. You've inspired a lifetime of dreamers young and old. Now, kids from my community – and my future children – will know that there is no dream too big – even they could be the President of the United States. As I prepare for the honor of visiting the White House, I will be there as a Super Bowl Champion – and I will think of you, mainly because the White House is a different, and better place because you lived there. I was a kid that came from nothing and I am living out one of the greatest dreams of my life. I am just grateful for the opportunity to walk on the same steps as you did, and to have a platform to inspire and I hope to leave my mark on history the way you did. One day, when I meet you, I will shake your hand and say thank you to your face but until then this kid is going to continue to dream until I can’t anymore. Thank you for blazing a trail, but for more than that, for leaving a paved road behind you for others to climb on. The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your DREAMS – Oprah Yes we can!! DREAM BIG!! Thank you, Jacoby Brissett P.S Holla at me to help you with your broke jump shot
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Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com