After eight years, he’s finally going to tell us exactly how much we’ve disappointed him.
It’s like the Obama version of Festivus. He’s got a lot of problems with us people; the time for the airing of grievances has come.
President Obama will bid the nation goodbye Tuesday night in his last big speech before yielding the spotlight to the Trump inauguration hoopla…
The buzzy part, though, is likely to be what one Obama loyalist called a series of “admonitions about the challenges we face moving forward.”
Those admonitions will likely be squarely aimed at President-elect Donald Trump, and may include calls to celebrate America’s diversity, to be more respectful of critics and, as the loyalist put it, “to strengthen and embrace our democracy.”
He’s well practiced at the art of attacking Trump behind a paper-thin veneer of plausible deniability about who he’s targeting, so don’t expect him to mention his successor by name. Valerie Jarrett claims that this will be less of a victory lap (what “victory”?) than an attempt to “motivate people to want to get involved and fight for their democracy,” by which I assume she means encouraging liberals to oppose the GOP. He’s been exhorting them along those lines since 2008 and his party hasn’t won an election without him on the ballot for the duration. But then, this speech isn’t really for the audience, it’s for historians. Call it the “hey, I tried” address.
The speech will be carried live on all broadcast and cable news networks, but if you’re looking to watch online, the White House should have a stream at this link. Two video clips for you while we wait, one a tribute from the right-wing PAC America Rising and the other a bit from TMZ of A-listers lining up at the White House a few nights ago to bid farewell to the world’s biggest celebrity. Speaking of which, Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush all delivered their farewell addresses from the presidential mansion; Obama’s delivering his from Chicago, ostensibly because he wanted to bring his journey full circle but more likely because he wanted one last big adoring crowd.