President Barack Obama graces the July cover of Essence magazine in a piece called “Looking Forward,” talking about his plan to improve the economy, our health, homes and the future -- and 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,” said the President. “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…”
This month's issue also features a special salute to military families from First Lady Michelle Obama.