Both, in their respectful communities and positions, have put holes in the glass ceiling. Both have worked to rise to the status they are at today. Both from middle class or poor families who breathed only passion, and followed every breath along the way. These are the people both millennials, and the next generation should be looking up to. Much like Hillary Clinton, who worked her way up from the daughter of a small businessman to be one of the most powerful, inspiring politician, these individuals do not come from wealth, or name recognition in Hollywood. Much like Obama's inspiring farewell address last night, or Streep's noteworthy performance at the Golden Globe awards, these are the last, intimate moments to know what it means to be American. We've gone through a period before of where it was meaningless to be a American, that period was from 2000 to 2008.
But this thread isn't about the inevitable lack of value in being American for the next 4 years, its about looking up to inspiring, role models like Streep and Obama. Not to hate, or ridicule these elites, but to cherish and work to become like them. Their passion, and activism should be a inspiring jolt to all of us in these dark times, and work to become like them.