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My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain. For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President - the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.

I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change - but in yours. I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:

Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can.

—  Barack Obama in his Farewell Address

Dear Barry,

First off, I’m sorry you’re getting fired. If this is news to you, I’m doubly sorry for being the bad news bearer. It’s never easy to lose a job, especially one where you put in eight hard years filled with sabotaging co-workers, impossible-to-please customers, and the final indignity of spending 12 months helping to hire your replacement. Still, I hope that now that it’s almost over, you remember that not every work environment is as toxic. Some are downright enjoyable! And given the free time with which you will soon be oozing, I make a humble proposition: President Obama, come write for Cracked. Come on.

You’re nervous, I understand. Each of our articles are read by hundreds of thousands of people, sometimes millions, which can really rattle a newbie. But let me assure you that you are neither overqualified nor underqualified, because Cracked has no use for qualifiers in our hiring process. (Or in our writing. They make your declarations look weak. Tell your speech writers!) We’ve had runaway hit articles from high schoolers and college professors alike, and every single one of them came to Cracked through the same door in our Comedy Workshop. There is no age limit, and you don’t have to be U.S. native or even a citizen to write for Cracked – which, I want to note, I believe you, but I’m throwing it out there just in case.

An Invitation For Barack Obama (And You) To Write For Us

I keep seeing certain comparisons, and people worrying they’re going to become a faschist dictatorship now or something, and while I don’t really agree with them, I want to say this.

When Hitler came into power, my great-grandfather turned off his radio because he didn’t want to his kids to hear the propaganda. When the SS came for his Jewish landlord, he tried to intervene, almost getting arrested himself, and he and the other people in the building watched as the Jewish family was taken away. They couldn’t do anything, except to stand there and silently say, “We are watching.” Other people could, and did, do something. My great-grandfather’s landlord and his family ended up escaping to England.

My grandfather and the landlord’s son were friends. Towards the end of the war, my grandfather was drafted, and became a Nazi soldier, against his will and everything he believed in. He was captured by the British. After the war ended, he went to London, to stay with his Jewish friend for a while. They’d both survived, and they stayed friends for the rest of their lives.

The point is: there’s always something you can do. Even if you do live under a faschist dictatorship. You always have choices, and they’re not constricted to “it has to go my way or I’ll give up and leave”. You can help people. You can choose your friends, and your values, and your causes. You can choose not to listen to people who preach hate and prejudice. You can choose not to be hateful and prejudiced in turn. And also: there will always be people who don’t hate you, who are willing to help you.

Watching Obama’s farewell address I reflected on the fact that I have lived my entire adult life under an incredible president. I turned 18 right after he was elected. My entire college experience, I got to look up to him as I grew as a person. As I tried to redefine my place in the world and moved to a new city I had the familiar comfort of trusting in his administration. Now I get to spend the next four years fighting for what is right. I’m thankful we’ve been shaped by eight years of watching Barack and Michelle (and Joe!) lead with strength and grace. It’s going to be a tough four years, but thanks to Obama I feel a little bit better about my ability to take on the challenge and to make sure my voice is heard. The fact he used his last address to focus on his continuing message of hope while mobilizing people and undermining the hateful rhetoric circulating right now was nothing short of beautiful.

The amazing tool that women in the White House used to fight gender bias

When President Obama took office, two-thirds of his top aides were men. Women complained of having to elbow their way into important meetings. And when they got in, their voices were sometimes ignored.

So female staffers adopted a meeting strategy they called “amplification”: When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author. This forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution — and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.

“We just started doing it, and made a purpose of doing it. It was an everyday thing,” said one former Obama aide who requested anonymity to speak frankly. Obama noticed, she and others said, and began calling more often on women and junior aides.