Obama looks back

President Obama returned to Chicago and spoke before an adoring audience last night to give his putative farewell address. The White House has posted its transcript of the speech here and posted the video below on YouTube. The New York Times has posted the video below along with a transcript of the speech as delivered.

Obama had a magnanimous moment anticipating the inauguration of Donald Trump next week, but Obama’s speech was dutifully stamped with all the leftist fatuities and political correct shibboleths with which we have been suffocated over the past eight years. His warnings of the threats to democracy represent a pure case of projection.

Obama went so far as to claim that he had superintended an improvement in racial relations during his two terms. Propagandists have to respect the limits of credulity, but Obama is a special case. In Obama all things are possible. He believes in himself and his faith runs deep.

One may question the premise of the farewell address. As Dan Hicks asked in one of his twisted songs with the Hot Licks, how can I miss you when you won’t go away? We will be hearing from him early and often in the days to come. Think of them as the years After Obama.

In his farewell address President Eisenhower famously warned of the military-industrial complex. The peril of the military-industrial complex has nothing on the Democrat/Media complex. The Democrat/Media complex has been with us for a long time, it goes from strength to strength and it will never die. Add its immortality to the eternal verities of death and taxes.

NOTE: President Reagan’s farewell address provides a useful contrast with Obama’s preaching the gospel of big government: “I think we have stopped a lot of what needed stopping. And I hope we have once again reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.”

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