OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE GOOD RIDDANCE DON’T LET THE DOOR HIT YOU IN THE ASS SPEECH …
Last night Barack Obama gave his farewell speech as President of the United States from Chicago. Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. One could only laugh as this is about the only thing that Obama could do correct in the last 8 years and that was campaign and talk about himself. Although, at the outset when trying to calm down the appreciative and partisan crowd, he sounded a bit porky-piggish without the aid of the TOTUS. When the crowd finally took their seats, Obama did what he does best, talk about himself and describe the country and what his administration did to the United States with revisionist history.
I have news for you Mr. President, no you didn’t. Barack Obama had the unique opportunity as the first elected black person as president to do some amazing things. Instead, Obama was nothing for than a far LEFT ideologue who ruled by fiat, and by a pen and a phone. You decimated the Democrat party under your 8 years as they find themselves in the minority in the House and Senate, governorship’s and state house. America is as decisive as it has been in years as Obama pitted black vs. White, rich vs. poor. Obama’s foreign policy was a disaster. Maybe one has to look no further than the unicorn and gum drop part of Obama’s speech where he lectures us about being open and not retreating to our own bubbles. Obama lecturing We the People about compromise, seriously? This from the man who told Republicans that elections have consequences and then pursued to ram the disaster that is Obamacare down the throats of the American people who never wanted it, not supported it. All of a sudden now, after 8 miserable and long years, Obama wants debate, discussion and compromise.
And that’s not easy to do. For too many of us it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods, or on college campuses, or places of worship, or especially our social media feeds, surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions. In the rise of naked partisanship and increasing economic and regional stratification, the splintering of our media into a channel for every taste, all this makes this great sorting seem natural, even inevitable.
And increasingly we become so secure in our bubbles that we start accepting only information, whether it’s true or not, that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the evidence that is out there.
And this trend represents a third threat to our democracy. Look, politics is a battle of ideas. That’s how our democracy was designed. In the course of a healthy debate, we prioritize different goals, and the different means of reaching them. But without some common baseline of facts, without a willingness to admit new information and concede that your opponent might be making a fair point, and that science and reason matter, then we’re going to keep talking past each other.
My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes that we’ve received over the past few weeks. But tonight it’s my turn to say thanks.
Whether we have seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people — in living rooms and in schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant military outposts — those conversations are what have kept me honest, and kept me inspired, and kept me going. And every day, I have learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man.
So I first came to Chicago when I was in my early twenties, and I was still trying to figure out who I was; still searching for a purpose to my life. And it was a neighborhood not far from here where I began working with church groups in the shadows of closed steel mills.
It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith, and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss.
(CROWD CHANTING “FOUR MORE YEARS”)
I can’t do that.
Now this is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it.
After eight years as your president, I still believe that. And it’s not just my belief. It’s the beating heart of our American idea — our bold experiment in self-government.
It’s the conviction that we are all created equal, endowed by our creator with certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It’s the insistence that these rights, while self-evident, have never been self-executing; that We, the People, through the instrument of our democracy, can form a more perfect union.
What a radical idea, the great gift that our Founders gave to us. The freedom to chase our individual dreams through our sweat, and toil, and imagination — and the imperative to strive together as well, to achieve a common good, a greater good.
For 240 years, our nation’s call to citizenship has given work and purpose to each new generation. It’s what led patriots to choose republic over tyranny, pioneers to trek west, slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom.
It’s what pulled immigrants and refugees across oceans and the Rio Grande. It’s what pushed women to reach for the ballot. It’s what powered workers to organize. It’s why GIs gave their lives at Omaha Beach and Iwo Jima; Iraq and Afghanistan — and why men and women from Selma to Stonewall were prepared to give theirs as well.
So that’s what we mean when we say America is exceptional. Not that our nation has been flawless from the start, but that we have shown the capacity to change, and make life better for those who follow.
Yes, our progress has been uneven. The work of democracy has always been hard. It has been contentious. Sometimes it has been bloody. For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back. But the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all, and not just some.
If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history — if I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, take out the mastermind of 9-11 — if I had told you that we would win marriage equality and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens — if I had told you all that, you might have said our sights were set a little too high.
But that’s what we did. That’s what you did. You were the change. The answer to people’s hopes and, because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.
In 10 days the world will witness a hallmark of our democracy. No, no, no, no, no. The peaceful transfer of power from one freely-elected President to the next. I committed to President-Elect Trump that my administration would ensure the smoothest possible transition, just as President Bush did for me.
Because it’s up to all of us to make sure our government can help us meet the many challenges we still face. We have what we need to do so. We have everything we need to meet those challenges. After all, we remain the wealthiest, most powerful, and most respected nation on earth.
Our youth, our drive, our diversity and openness, our boundless capacity for risk and reinvention means that the future should be ours. But that potential will only be realized if our democracy works. Only if our politics better reflects the decency of our people. Only if all of us, regardless of party affiliation or particular interests help restore the sense of common purpose that we so badly need right now.
And that’s what I want to focus on tonight, the state of our democracy. Understand democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders argued, they quarreled, and eventually they compromised. They expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity. The idea that, for all our outward differences, we’re all in this together, that we rise or fall as one.
There have been moments throughout our history that threatened that solidarity. And the beginning of this century has been one of those times. A shrinking world, growing inequality, demographic change, and the specter of terrorism. These forces haven’t just tested our security and our prosperity, but are testing our democracy as well. And how we meet these challenges to our democracy will determine our ability to educate our kids and create good jobs and protect our homeland.
In other words, it will determine our future. To begin with, our democracy won’t work without a sense that everyone has economic opportunity.
REMEMBER WHEN OBAMA MOCKED ROMNEY DURING THE 2012 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES … WHO WAS WRONG?
From the president who brought us that ISIS was the JV also mocked Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential debates that Russia was not a Geo-political threat to the United States. Obama in all his snark stated that the 80′s wanted their foreign policy back. Now Obama blames Russia for Donald Trump.
Now that the 2016 election is long over and online hackers have had ample time to cover their e-tracks, a bold President Obama has decisively ordered a “full review” of Russian and other interference in the United States electoral process.
We should probably say alleged Russian interference since no one has offered any proof, just reasonable suspicions of who might benefit from the release of documents that Democrats wanted to keep hidden. The Trump campaign criticized the move.
On Oct. 7 the office of James Clapper, Obama’s director of National Intelligence, released a statement: “The U.S. Intelligence Community is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from U.S. persons and institutions, including from U.S. political organizations.”
Again, no evidence. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who was suggesting Russia and Donald Trump were in league to deny her rightful political inheritance, grasped the line. In fact, she often claimed that 17 U.S. intelligence agencies were certain it was the Russkies.
Kirstie Alley Blasts Barack Obama for continued playing golf than dealing with Louisiana Floods … There is a reason why they calling him the Golfer in Chief.
Former Cheers actress Kirstie Alley blasted Barack Obama for his carefree attitude of playing golf on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard during the Louisiana floods that resulted in 13 deaths and many more still missing. Alley took to Twitter to remind voters how Mr. Obama criticized the then president, George Bush, over his response to Hurricane Katrina. It shameful, simply shameful that a president would be more consumed with his golf game than actually caring about the lives of American citizens. But of course that was difference for the MSM, Democrats and Obama because it was a Republican president. Just curious, where is “Black Lives Matter” as well? I guess we really know what matters with these folks after all.
Barack Obama’s decision to carry on with his holiday on Martha’s Vineyard during the Louisiana floods has come under fire from Kirstie Alley.
The actress best known for her appearance in the popular TV comedy Cheers has used Twitter to remind voters how Mr Obama criticized the then president, George Bush, over his response to Hurricane Katrina.
She ridiculed Mr Obama for playing golf while swathes of Louisiana were underwater, adding that she thought George Bush waited too long to visit New Orleans following Katrina.
Of course I would rather play golf than go to Louisiana
Mr Obama has said he will visit Louisiana within the next few days. Mr Trump and Mike Pence, his running mate, visited Louisiana last week and were photographed helping deliver aid packages.
Obama will get to Louisiana in his own sweet time after he has played 10 rounds of golf while on vacation and his 300th round of his presidency. So glad this president has a sense of priorities. Golf more important than the little people. The man simply does not care. We have seen what his real priorities are.
Daily Commentary – Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – Black Police Officer Shoots Armed Black Man in Milwaukee
- Protests and fires follow, while President Obama continues his vacation at Martha’s Vineyard golfing with Alonzo Mourning.
Obama White House Ignored Request To Illuminate The Residence Blue Following Dallas Police Shooting … White House Has No Plans To Go Blue
OF COURSE THE OBAMA ADMIN HAS NO PLANS TO HAVE THE WHITE HOUSE GO BLUE …
The Obama White House jumped at the opportunity to color the White House in rainbow colors following the SCOTUS decision of gay rights, but not so much following the Dallas massacre that left 5 police officers dead and 7 others injured. According to White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, he said there are no plans of illuminating the residence blue in honor and support of the slain men in blue. Doesn’t that speak volumes. And we wonder why there is a war on the police? Obama can talk all he wants that he supports the police, but when push comes to shove to make a bold move for all to see, be shows his true colors.
God forbid the President of the United States show a visual support of the Men/Women in Blue that he claimed to have so much respect in the first part of his speech at the Dallas Memorial. In the end, Obama can’t upset the Black Lives Matter crowd. Its all about pandering for votes.
During today’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said there are no plans of illuminating the residence blue in honor of the officers killed in Dallas.
The White House lowered the flags to half-staff in the wake of the horrific Dallas attack on July 7 that left five police officers dead. It’s one of the deadliest attacks on law enforcement in 100 years. During that night, Micah Xavier Johnson, angered by white people, and wanting to kill them, especially white police officers, opened fire at the conclusion of a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest. Nine other officers were also wounded in the attack. Yet, a request by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association to cover the White House in blue lighting last Friday [July 8] was reportedly ignored by the Obama administration (via PoliceMag):
This is a slap in the face to police officers across the country. They need to know that the president and the country stands with them. They need to know that we fully reject the anti-cop rhetoric sweeping the nation.
Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association and the man who requested this simple gesture of respect, issued the following heart-breaking statement about what the White House’s refusal means to law enforcement: