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unnamed-6As election day approaches, many of us are preparing to vote in one of the most controversial elections that we’ve ever seen or participated in. Though many are dissatisfied with the “quality” of candidates that we have to choose from this presidential go-round, there’s a group of us worry-stricken, wondering how we’ll ever cope with losing the political love of our lives—the dopest, coolest, suavest president, arguably in the history of this country—Mr. Barack Obama.

Coupled with his equally sophisticated and accomplished wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, and exceptional daughters, the Obamas have taken this country by storm over the last 8 years, breaking glass ceilings and pushing political envelopes alike. For sure, the loss of the truly one-of-a-kind First Family is a hard pill to swallow for many of us.

The legacy that the Obamas have created has transformed this country, especially those of us here in Columbus and across the entire state of Ohio. So many of the policies enacted under the Obama administration has made life in the city a little better for us all. Check out these 9:

  1. Obama bans solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons:
    • In January of this year, President Obama put an end to the solitary confinement of juveniles, holding that the practice was “overused,” and could result in serious psychological issues for incarcerated youth.
    • As a push for comprehensive justice reform, Mr. President also expressed his hope that states would soon get on board and adjust their rules as well.
    • In May, Ohio agreed to “significantly reduce and eventually eliminate” the use of seclusion in youth prisons. According to the Dispatch, juvenile offenders in Ohio prisons lived in solitary confinement an average of 18 days per inmate in 2013.
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  2. Ohioans fairing well under Affordable Care Act (ACA):
  3. Obama administration extends Pell grants to prisoners:
  4. In 2012, President Obama became first U.S. president in history to fully embrace same-sex marriage:
  5. But there’s more:
  6. Just one more for the road:
  7. February 2014, Obama establishes My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative and Task Force:
    • Noting the disproportionate number of African American and Hispanic young men who are unemployed or involved in the criminal justice system, President Obama established MBK to drastically improve overall educational and life outcomes for young men of color, as well as address and address the persistent opportunity gaps they face.
    • Cities across the state, including Columbus, have partnered with local organizations to create specialized programs for young men of color to succeed.
    • In June, Cleveland was among 20 communities to join MBK Success Mentors Initiative, connecting over 1 million with caring mentors to help guide them.
      LIMA, OH - NOVEMBER 02: U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a campaign rally at Lima Senior High School November 2, 2012 in Lima, Ohio. With four days left in the general election, Obama and the Republican presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, are racing from swing-state to swing-state in an attempt to change voters' minds at the last minute. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 155560185

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  8. President Obama ended the war in Iraq:
    • For nearly a decade, the Iraqi war went on, with many Americans unsure why. In 2011, the last of over 15,000 troops left for  home.
  9. Thanks to Obama, the country averted an economic Depression:
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