Good-Hearted People Doing Good

Karen Spears Zacharias with then Senator Barack Obama at the Senate Hart Bldg. prior to his first term in office.


Sometimes people ask: Whose’s the most famous person you’ve ever met?

I used to pause before answering – there are so many whose names you’d know – but no more

Karen Spears Zacharias with President Barack Obama during his last Memorial Day in office. We shared the same editor at HarperCollins when we wrote books about our fathers. In fact, that editor, Henry Ferris, gave me a copy of Obama’s book and told me that my book reminded him of Obama’s book – the search for our fathers.


Obama, I say. Twice. Before he was president and after.

I’ve met Jimmy Carter, too, and admire him equally.

What’s Obama like? they often ask.

Just exactly like you’d think he’d be

A good dad, kind-hearted and decent man.

I miss that, don’t you?

Having a president who did not congratulate dictators who murder at will.

A president who loved his wife, his daughters, who walked humbly and served elegantly.

I miss it more with each passing headline.

Don’t you?


Thankfully, I still have a man in my life who is good and decent.

He reminds me that all around us, every day, are helpers.

Good-hearted people doing good in the world.

We just have to find them.

Or be them.

Karen Spears Zacharias

Author/Journalist/Educator. Gold Star Daughter.

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