Representative Elijah Cummings reflected on President Obama’s legacy when he spoke this past Tuesday of his pride when it comes to the accomplishments of the first African American president. Cummings said the following to Chris Cuomo of CNN on “New Day,”
“He has elevated African-American people so much. I can not tell you how proud I am of them.”
Cummings touched upon his constituents in Baltimore, Maryland and how they have been affected by the outgoing administration.
“I look at the guys in my neighborhood. I live in the inner city. They’re pressing their chest out a little more. They used to think the only thing they could become is a basketball player, a football player. Now they know they can become the President of the United States.”
Cummings emphasized how he never imagined the skip from the Senate to the Oval Office that President Obama had made back in the beginning.
“He said back then, ‘I’m going to win.’ But I never dreamed it.”
— New Day (@NewDay) January 10, 2017
On Tuesday President Obama will give his last speech as President in Chicago, Illinois. A city he considers home where he declared victory in 2008 and 2012. Cummings maintained he looks forward to the President discussing his successes. He said,
“I want to hear what the president has talk about what he accomplished. I have seen Republicans torpedo every single thing he has done. They have stood in his way over and over.”
The Maryland Democrat discussed how he hopes the outgoing President will play an active role in Washington D.C. post White House. Saying,
“We’re talking about the future of America and so when he goes out, I don’t want him to sit back and lay back and say, ‘Okay, I’m going on vacation. I want him to get a little vacation, get rest, but if he sees things going wrong that will affect children yet unborn, I want him to do that.”
Valerie Jarrett whose a Senior Advisor to the President told the “New Day” that the outgoing President will spend a large chunk of his post White House days focusing on the creation of the Obama Center.
Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett also told “New Day” that Obama will spend his post-White House days focusing on the Obama Center. She told Alisyn Camerota of CNN,
“He’s looking forward to working on the Obama Center. He wants it to be more than just a library reflecting on the past and his important time in office, but really a beacon of hope for not just Chicago but the world.”