T.I. penned a heartfelt letter of gratitude to President Barack Obama in the New York Times on Friday (Jan 6).
The letter is the first of three letters written by the rapper and actor. The second letter to be released is addressed to Donald Trump and the last letter is addressed to the American people.
In TIP’s letter to POTUS he apologized for engaging in “behaviors that further perpetuates the negative stigma in our communities.” He also thanked Obama for bringing “US the audacity of hope and reminded US that yes we can.”
Read a portion of T.I’s letter to President Barack Obama below:
We thank you for helping US face and focus on the very issues that plague our communities and diminishes US all. While I, too, responsibly admit to engaging in the behaviors that further perpetuates the negative stigma in our communities, I wanted to thank you for looking beyond our shortcomings.
As I reflect back on my teenage years when I heard my favorite rapper and person, Tupac Shakur, tell me we weren’t ready for a black president, leaving me in nodding in agreement until you brought US the audacity of hope and reminded US that yes we can.
As you transition out of office, we continue to watch you carry out your final agenda with precision, integrity and purpose. That is what we will remember as signature Obama.
For every one of US who has been touched by you and tasked with a choice between finding a way or walking away, I say we can and must do more.
We cannot afford to live in a prolonged state of grief, but must remember that we have no choice but to dust ourselves off, wipe off our wounds and move beyond this barren state of shock.
We will forever be grateful to you and your family, the graceful intelligent compassionate first lady, Mrs. Obama, as well as your beautiful daughters Sasha and Malia for their collective sacrifices for US. WE will continue to stand with you and alongside those who make a personal investment in US. We will continue to remain committed to causes that are bigger than ourselves. We will continue to remind ourselves that, Yes, We still can!
Well said, TIP! Well said!
Read the full letter at New York Times.