By Jon Smith, Admin, January 11, 2017
Soon to be former President Barack Obama gave his “Goodbye Speech” last night. In part it had the ring of his Obamacare speech.
He began by extolling the virtues of the founders, the constitution, and American exceptionalism as if these were the theme of his 8 year administration. The words could have been spoken by Ronald Reagan. Their meaning, however, was not lost on Obama, it was simply useful theater.
He conveniently overlooked the reality that his administration shredded the constitutional provisions regarding the powers of the presidency and from the beginning days in office he denigrated American exceptionalism as no different from Greek or any other nation’s exceptionalism. Nothing exceptional about it.
He told us how he would do all he can to insure a smooth transition to the next president just like George Bush did for him while doing everything he can to make that transition as difficult as possible by stabbing Israel in the back at the UN, emptying Guantanamo, and blasting out last minute regulations at a record pace.
He then went on to claim that his every policy was a complete success. The economy was strong, he said. America, he said, has regained respect in the world. He claimed the “longest stretch of job creation” as company after company was driven offshore to avoid high taxes and regulation. Race relations had improved, he said, after thoroughly dividing the country into grievance groups demanding their fair share. Some in his audience was in tears. They, like him, occupy another reality.
He claimed “a new chapter with the Cuban People” as Castro locked up even more dissidents. He claimed he had “shut down Iran’s nuclear program without firing a shot” while providing them with ammunition and enabling them to take that shot by sending them hundreds of billions in cash and gold to fund their nuclear program, support terror groups, and help Iran in its march towards hegemony in the Middle East.
He rightly claimed credit for the redefinition of the word marriage to include couples of the same sex. He calls it “marriage equality”. But we’re not finished, he said. Racism is alive in America, global warming is still a threat, and LGBT discrimination is a civil rights issue left unresolved. And then there is income inequality where the rich have to give more to the poor. These things need to be fixed and you need to “lace up your shoes and do some organizing”, said the community organizer in chief.
- “I am asking you to believe not just in my ability to bring about change but in yours,” Obama said. “Yes, we can. Yes, we did.”
So there you have it. It was not so much a goodbye speech as it was a goodbye campaign which will continue past the Obama presidency as long as he can find delusion prone people to listen.
Like Obamacare, if you like his legacy you can keep his legacy.