For most of my adult life, Barack Obama has been president of the United States.
In 2008, I voted for Obama despite being a registered Republican. I was in my Senior year of college at the time, and everyday it seemed the future was growing increasingly dim. The housing market had begun collapsing the year before, and was in total free-fall (bringing much of the economy with it) by the time the election arrived. My job as a student assistant seemed constantly in jeopardy, with the California governor imposing furloughs and other cost-cutting measures on state agencies. I wasn’t sure what – if any jobs – would be available once I graduated (and as it turned out, I spent most of that first year living the slacker’s life). As a budding twenty-something, this was a scary time to be coming of age.