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Our mayor published this essay today on MassLive that begins…

My two kids probably could not think of anything more torturous than being forced to watch a boring speech by the President of the United States, but I made them watch President Obama’s farewell address last Tuesday, anyway.


I told them the things parents usually say: You might learn something. You’re witnessing history. When the president addresses the nation, everyone should listen.


But the truth is, making them watch our first African-American president say goodbye was more about me than them. I didn’t even care if they paid attention; this was a moment I wanted to experience with my arms around them.

Read the rest here.

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