President Barack Obama gave his farewell address on January 10th, 2017, in Chicago to a very large crowd.
One of the main points that President Obama talked about was the peaceful transition of power from the Obama Administration to the Trump Administration. This was brought up when the crowd started to chant “‘Four more years!’”, and Obama replied to them with “‘I can’t do that,’” according to the script of the address on Whitehouse.gov.
“‘In 10 days, the world will witness a hallmark of our democracy…the peaceful transfer of power from one freely elected President to the next,’” stated Obama in response to the audience booing at Donald Trump, according to the Whitehouse.gov.
“There was a small underlying message about him [Trump], but it was not direct. He was talking about his progress and how they need to continue it. It didn’t seem intentional, but because they [Trump and Obama] are opposites in the political world, he may have unintentionally done it,” commented Boys’ Latin senior Zach Grace.
Even though Obama stated that he wanted to peacefully transfer power to the newly elected Trump, some people still maintain the idea that he was jabbing at Trump and boosting his own ego.
“Obama chose the moment and the setting (it’s where he gave his victory speech on Election Night 2012) to bask in idolatry rather than say much that will stand the test of time,” according to Fox News.
Obama is “riding high in the polls but just days away from handing over the reins to a Manhattan mogul who has vowed to dismantle much of his legacy,” according to NBC.
Both Liberal and Conservative media want to make the public believe that he was saying bad things about President-elect Trump. Even though in reality, he didn’t say much at all about him.
One extremely strong point Obama had was about race relations.
“For blacks and other minority groups, it means tying our own very real struggles for justice to the challenges that a lot of people in this country face — not only the refugee, or the immigrant, or the rural poor, or the transgender American, but also the middle-aged white guy who, from the outside, may seem like he’s got advantages, but has seen his world upended by economic and cultural and technological change. We have to pay attention, and listen,” said Obama according to Whitehouse.gov.
Obama’s time as president has seen many differing opinions based off of the different sides of the political spectrum.
Some people thought he was good.
“He was good but left a lot to be desired. Some stuff he either ignored or gave wishy-washy answers to. He also said he would do things that he didn’t do,” commented Boys’ Latin senior Grant Iodice.
Some people were not as fond of him.
“I thought he didn’t do much. He promised a lot of change, but there wasn’t a lot of change, and the change he had wasn’t very great,” said Grace.
Some people just didn’t care.
“He was alright,” according to Boys’ Latin senior Ryan Stellman.
Finally, some people were in the middle.
“Obama recounted a presidency that saw setbacks as well as successes,” according to CNN.
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