obama essence cover*Well now look who’s on the cover of the July issue of ESSENCE magazine.

Why of course it’s President Barack Obama being profiled and interviewed in a piece called “Looking Forward.”

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In the July issue (available June 12), he speaks about his plan to improve the economy, our health, homes and the future. And yes, he outlines why he’s excited about the next four years.

“I’ve always approached my presidency as a long-term proposition…I didn’t run for office just to clean up the mess I inherited. I didn’t run for office just to return to the status quo. Understanding that some of the things I get done, we may not see the benefits from them for ten years. But that’s how change happens…”

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The July ESSENCE also features a special salute to military families from First Lady Michelle Obama. In addition, the piece, “Back in the U.S.A.” highlights soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team for Operation New Dawn who are adapting to life at home and celebrating July 4th with their family and friends.