Barack Obama

In Farewell Address, Obama Condemns Outrage-Industrial Complex, Overlooks Failure to Constrain Feds

Washington believed that self-government was the protector of liberty and prosperity. Obama believes that, too-minus the "self" part.

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If there was a single, enduring theme in President Obama's farewell address, it was best conveyed via the following laugh line: "If you're tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life," he said.

Indeed, Obama evidently believes strongly in the power of facts and persuasion—of just sitting down with each other, listening, and having a rational discussion. "Science and reason," held sway in his day, though he worries that the American people increasingly self-segregate themselves into partisan bubbles, beholden to entirely separate news and information.

Obama pleaded with his audience to disengage from the cycle of outrage and try to find common ground. He said:

In his own farewell address, George Washington wrote that self-government is the underpinning of our safety, prosperity, and liberty, but "from different causes and from different quarters much pains will be taken.to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth;" that we should preserve it with "jealous anxiety;" that we should reject "the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest or to enfeeble the sacred ties" that make us one.

We weaken those ties when we allow our political dialogue to become so corrosive that people of good character are turned off from public service; so coarse with rancor that Americans with whom we disagree are not just misguided, but somehow malevolent. We weaken those ties when we define some of us as more American than others; when we write off the whole system as inevitably corrupt, and blame the leaders we elect without examining our own role in electing them.

It's a message that hasn't actually resonated all that well with Obama's base—after all, these are the people who joined candidate Hillary Clinton in denouncing entire swaths of the populace as "deplorable" and drove them into the arms of con man. But Obama deserves credit for recognizing this problem and urging empathy.

He deserves no credit, however, for, in his words, "working to put the fight against terrorism on a firm legal footing":

That's why, for the past eight years, I've worked to put the fight against terrorism on a firm legal footing. That's why we've ended torture, worked to close Gitmo, and reform our laws governing surveillance to protect privacy and civil liberties.

Torture may have ended: illegal drone strikes have not. The U.S. bombed Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia—all during Labor Day weekend this year. The Obama administration fully embraced the Bush doctrine that war-making was the prerogative of the executive branch—that the president, rather than Congress, could do whatever he pleased in the abstract name of national security.

This weakening of the U.S. system of checks and balances has already proven detrimental to the cause of limited government. It will only get worse when Donald Trump assumes office. As the Cato Institute's Gene Healy observed in the pages of Reason, Obama has left Trump a loaded gun.

Obama also touched on his successes—many of them legitimate. The president deserves credit for normalizing relations with Cuba and supporting marriage equality. He's also a decent man and a good father and husband, and worthy role model.

But for all of Obama's appeals to civility, facts, and common sense, his presidency should be remembered for its sustained assault on an obvious truth: massive, unrestricted government is dangerous. Recall the Washington quote he referenced: "Self-government is the underpinning of our safety, prosperity, and liberty. But from different causes and quarters, much pain will be taken to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth."

Obama's record suggests that he believes government itself, not self-government, is the underpinning of our safety, prosperity, and liberty. As Trump prepares to take office—every bit the savior figure to his supporters that Obama was to his (and then some)—it seems clear that the current president has weakened the American people's conviction that they are capable of saving themselves.

Read the full text of Obama's speech here.

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  1. L.A. Times columnist goes all pissy-pants over suppressors.

    http://www.latimes.com/busines…..story.html

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  2. He is NOT a decent man, because decent people don’t insult half the nation, then claim they are being reasonable.

    He is NOT a good role model except in the negative sense. I mean, I suppose he’snot as bad a Mao or Stalin or Hitler or even Fidel, but 99% of the world’s population are better role models.

    1. By that standard, who here is decent?

      1. Who here claims they are reasonable?!!?

      2. We’ve all read SugarFree’s stories and continue to post here, so obviously none of us are decent.

      3. I’ve never bombed any hospitals. So that at least puts me above Obama and The Joker on the morality scale.

      4. John is Love.

    2. So he’s worse than everyone except Mao, Stalin, Hitler, or Castro? Got it.

      I mean, I’m not Obama’s biggest fan by any stretch, but damn that’s harsh.

    3. Obama also touched on his successes?many of them legitimate. The president deserves credit for normalizing relations with Cuba and supporting marriage equality. He’s also a decent man and a good father and husband, and worthy role model.
      Obama moved the USA toward more normal relations with a dictatorship. That is what we are passing as credit these days? Not that an embargo between the USA and Cuba was the right move. I think freedom seeps into tyrannies and undermines them and embargoes slow that down. Stop calling tyrants presidents and stop kissing the ass of tyrannies.

      The SCOTUS decided marriage equality, not Obama. Obama could have led a coalition through Congress that marriage can be whatever people want it to be man-woman, man-man, woman-woman, man-woman-woman-man-woman-man….

      Obama got Obamacare passed instead. He and LBJ are the only presidents with nonstop war through their presidencies.

      1. Obama moved the USA toward more normal relations with a dictatorship. That is what we are passing as credit these days?

        Welcome to standard U.S. policy. If you’re complaining about normal relations with a dictatorship, you’re going to have to go back to, oh, say, 1804.

  3. Obama evidently believes strongly in the power of facts and persuasion?of just sitting down with each other, listening, and having a rational discussion.

    Of course, he believes in those things. Said no rational person ever. Is this hagiography for real?

    1. It’s Robby. It’s what Robby does.

      1. Evil Robby would have provided alt-text. Something like:

        “This high is ok. Saluting higher is not ok.”

        1. “Don’t leave me hangin, bro!”

  4. Recycled comment from earlier thread:
    You know, you can say what you like about JFK, at least he didn’t give a long, boring goodbye speech.

    1. JFK’s last words: “I need this parade like I need a fucking hole in my head.”

      1. Where’s Oswald…oh.

  5. This is the most non-farewell farewell speech of all time. This idiot isn’t going anywhere. He will be giving “exclusive” interviews to the media for eternity and will continue to haunt our present and future.

    Anyone who thinks this guy is “retiring” simply hasn’t been paying attention to the last 8 years.

    1. And when the next Dem administration comes in…get ready for Justice Obama!

      1. Nah, he would have to do actual work to be a SCOTUS judge and that’s not his style. He’s all about the show up, make fancy speech empty of substance but long on platitudes and then await the rush of SJW white-guilt laden adoration.

        Before he just used that as a way to get re-elected, now he can be shameless about profiting off his own cult of personality.

        1. I don’t see him turning down a SCOTUS seat.

          Sure, he might have to do some work, but he’d have adoring law clerks to lighten his load. They could give him an opinion full of the needed citations, and he’d add some flowers of rhetoric to make the reader swoon.

          1. And we’re talking law clerks who are at the top of their class in the top law schools, who would kill for the chance to have “clerked for Obama” on their resume.

            So Justice Obama could call in a clerk and say “I was considering declaring a constitutional right to government-funded sex reassignment surgery – prepare a memorandum on that,” and the clerk would spend sleepless nights working on it while the Justice hits the links.

        2. I’m not sure that’s fair. Being POTUS has to be the most stressful job in the world. Look at his before and after pics: like every president before him, he aged much more than the time that he spent in office.
          Everything he did, I woulda done the exact opposite. I hate what he worked to accomplished. But, there’s no doubt that he worked.

    1. Dude, you need to be more specific. Which asshole? Robby or Obama?

      1. I think he was literally admiring Christ’s asshole. I didn’t know they made crucifixes with that much detail, but then again the Japanese are into some interesting things.

      2. He was giving the alternate caption to every New Yorker cartoon ever.

  6. It’s kind of hard to credit talk you shouldn’t “alienate any portion of our country from the rest or to enfeeble the sacred ties” coming from a man holding a pep rally for a big crowd his supporters who cheer his every word. It’s exactly this cult of personality bombastic nonsense that paved the way for Trump. In the end he just couldn’t bring himself to stick to a dignified and serious address from the Oval Office without the adulation of the mass.

    1. Yup. 10 minute longer then his three predecessors combined? But what scares me more is the near god like worship the media and his supporters have been. There are people crying. When did politicians become this important?

      1. When we gave them absolute power over the minutia of our lives.

        1. Pretty much! When we turned them into saviors. Guess it started with FDR and was reinforced with JFK. Reagan brought Conservatives into the worship movement.

          1. You know, you can say what you like about JFK, at least he didn’t give a long, boring goodbye speech.

      2. Try calling them out on their hero worship. I’ll sometimes go ideological Turing Test on them and point out every single “progressive” promise that he utterly failed to deliver on, and that no one person matters that much or deserves that amount of unadulterated praise. They’ll look at you as though you just struck a Nazi salute

    1. Jesus Christ, I was referring to Robby. Not a racist!

      Seriously, Americans, we have to talk – you have as many terms for ‘black male’ as the English have for ‘vagina’.

      1. My favorite is “whisker biscuit.”

        I mean for Obama.

        1. He also fits “snapping turtle”

    1. They got the artists through the same agency which supplied sign language translator at Mandela’s funeral.

    2. Hahahaha hah, either that or the artist just had dongs on the mind.

    3. The judge be like “What in the damnation is wrong with that boy’s head? He looks like a damn mushroom with two slugs on it.”

  7. “In his own farewell address, George Washington wrote…that we should reject “the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest or to enfeeble the sacred ties” that make us one.”

    As I suspected, the quoted portions of Washington’s Farewell address are part of an eloquent appeal for preserving the Union of the states – that is, keeping North and South, East and West, as part of a common country.

    Washington said that

    “…every part of our country…must derive from union an exemption from those broils and wars between themselves, which so frequently afflict neighboring countries not tied together by the same governments, which their own rival ships [rivalships?] alone would be sufficient to produce, but which opposite foreign alliances, attachments, and intrigues would stimulate and embitter. Hence, likewise, they will avoid the necessity of those overgrown military establishments which, under any form of government, are inauspicious to liberty, and which are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. In this sense it is that your union ought to be considered as a main prop of your liberty, and that the love of the one ought to endear to you the preservation of the other.”

    To repeat, “overgrown military establishments” are “particularly hostile to republican liberty.”

    1. Oh, and

      “One of the expedients of party to acquire influence within particular districts is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts. You cannot shield yourselves too much against the jealousies and heartburnings which spring from these misrepresentations; they tend to render alien to each other those who ought to be bound together by fraternal affection.”

      So if, for instance, a party wants to get support in New York and California, it represents, say, the Midwest and South as full of deplorables, hicks and racists.

      1. More:

        “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

        “Without looking forward to an extremity of this kind (which nevertheless ought not to be entirely out of sight), the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.

        “It serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection. It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption, which finds a facilitated access to the government itself through the channels of party passions. Thus the policy and the will of one country are subjected to the policy and will of another.”

        1. “It is important, likewise, that the habits of thinking in a free country should inspire caution in those entrusted with its administration, to confine themselves within their respective constitutional spheres, avoiding in the exercise of the powers of one department to encroach upon another. The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create, whatever the form of government, a real despotism….The necessity of reciprocal checks in the exercise of political power, by dividing and distributing it into different depositaries, and constituting each the guardian of the public weal against invasions by the others, has been evinced by experiments ancient and modern; some of them in our country and under our own eyes. To preserve them must be as necessary as to institute them. If, in the opinion of the people, the distribution or modification of the constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation; for though this, in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed. The precedent must always greatly overbalance in permanent evil any partial or transient benefit, which the use can at any time yield.”

  8. “Obama’s record suggests that he believes government itself, not self-government, is the underpinning of our safety, prosperity, and liberty.”

    that true, but many people miss why he and many others believe this. it’s because they think government are just normal human beings like the rest of us. they don’t see the separation that having power over others creates. it’s the same reason that they don’t see much legitimacy in the argument that the private sector should do certain things and not the government. they take the notion of “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” literally rather than seriously. to that end, the distinction never occurs to them.

    my biggest problem with his speech and with most politicians empty words during and since the election is the notion that when a democrat or republican talks, they’re talking for half the country and addressing the other half. it never occurs to either side that they don’t represent that many people. i’d say they just don’t care, and that’s true too, but i also think it just simply doesn’t sink in. and that’s it’s own special kind of obliviousness.

  9. Obama pleaded with his audience to disengage from the cycle of outrage and try to find common ground.

    Race Baiter in Chief, gaslighting til the last moment.

    1. Do as I say…

  10. “Obama’s record suggests that he believes government itself, not self-government, is the underpinning of our safety, prosperity, and liberty.”

    This is what I heard throughout.

    “As Trump prepares to take office?every bit the savior figure to his supporters that Obama was to his (and then some)”

    Rico Soave must be forgetting 2008; there is no comparsion between Obama’s unaccountable actual celebrity and Trump’s antithesis. Trump’s supporters simply want him to refrain from doing what Obama did and HRC would have done.

    1. Except, yeah, they want him to build a multi-billion dollar wall on the Mexican border, outlaw abortion, impose religious tests for citizenship.

      1. american socialist|1.11.17 @ 12:16AM|#
        “Except, yeah, they want him to build a multi-billion dollar wall on the Mexican border, outlaw abortion, impose religious tests for citizenship.”

        I’m sure you’ve interviewed them all, asswipe.
        Fuck off.

    2. Trump’s most diehard supporters (like the ones who would bother attending a rally) are definitely on another level, but the majority aren’t quite that bad. With Obama though, it feels like almost every prog worships him and thinks he did no wrong; every criticism you can bring up is the fault of a Republican Congress. They say he’s the best president of their lifetime. It’s a ridiculously large cult of personality that extends from the media down to the everyday progressive, and it’s a damn tragedy that no one will ever hold him accountable for things like drone strikes

      1. The ones who get on my nerve are the ones who talk about the “unprecedented disrespect he got”. You ask where and they show a few tacky photo shops or a montage of foxnews clips. Were they sleeping during the entire Bush presidency. There were photo shops of Bush as everything from Hitler to a monkey. There was an entire Comedy series making fun and two tasteless films. People cheered when Cheney had heart troubles. Obama faced no more or less disrespect from the opposite side then any other president. As for the Republican congress reaction my usual reply is I wash the Grand Coward Party was as brave as they say. Aside from Gun Control they pretty much gave him everything he wanted.

      2. asked a prog “what about closing Gitmo? Obama promised that, and 8 years later it’s still open”

        “Hey, he’s *trying*!” (he said it like he started to cry at the end, it was really pathetic).

        Actually the whole Obama worship is pathetic, like he can do no wrong and any criticism of him is taken personally. Just like with themselves, they externalize blame for everything. Nothing wrong that happened with Obama is his fault or the Democrats’ fault, it’s all those evil Republicans!

        Remember, as long as California has 1 Republican anywhere, then everything is their fault (or proxy Republicans, like ‘Corporations’).

  11. “when we write off the whole system as inevitably corrupt”

    He’s getting warmer.

    1. american socialist|1.11.17 @ 12:14AM|#
      “He’s getting warmer.”

      You’re not getting smarter.
      Fuck off.

  12. …and blame the leaders we elect without examining our own role in electing them.

    Obama zinging the media.

  13. “….Obama pleaded with his audience to disengage from the cycle of outrage and … BREAKING = TRUMP ENGAGES IN SATANIC SEX RITUALS WITH KGB WHORES, URINATES ON CHILDREN WHILE THEY SLEEP, SAYS UNVERIFIED REPORT

    1. “….Obama pleaded with his audience to disengage from the cycle of outrage and … BREAKING = TRUMP ENGAGES IN SATANIC SEX RITUALS…”

      He certainly deserves grief, but the press does more so. If you have a lap dog, you gonna beat on it and chase it away?
      Outside of Fox (who Obo yelled at on a regular basis), not one of the broadcast news outlets treated his words with anything other than adulation; he could have peed in their mouths, and they’d have raved about the vintage!
      Yes, he deserves shit shoveled on him from every direction, but the press does also, and they have yet (see that hag Streep) to come to grips with the fragility of their positions.

  14. denouncing entire swaths of the populace as “deplorable” and drove them into the arms of con man.[sp]

    That’s an interesting inversion of cause-effect.

    The people were “deplorable” BEFORE they became Trump fans?

    I seem to recall Hillary’s point was that they were “deplorable” BECAUSE they were Trump fans

    but whatever, robby’s the journalist, he understands these things better than normal people.

  15. Pan Zagloba’s sent me down a rabbit hole. It’s an enjoyable rabbit hole, full of good reads. Here’s one of them.

    All parties and the media are locked into a game that to outsiders is obviously broken ? a set of implicit rules about the conduct of politics, and definitions of effective action, that tie them to behaviour that seems awful to the public, which is objectively failing, but from which they cannot free themselves. Because the system is stuck in a vicious circle ? held in place by feedback loops between people, ideas, and institutions ? whatever the outcome of the next election, the big problems will remain, No10 will continue to hurtle from crisis to crisis with no priorities and no understanding of how to get things done, the civil service will fail repeatedly and waste billions, the media will continue obsessing on the new rather than the important, and the public will continue to fume with rage.

    Some of this stuff’s a slog. The writing can be gauche; we put up with typos and punctuation mishaps and crap editing here from professionals, so I’m finding myself unable to critique too harshly. The content is good, often bordering on great. It’s worth it. PZ, thanks for the hot tip.

    1. You’re welcome. I know his Spectator article was enormous, but I enjoyed it quite a lot, and I’m a Farrage fan. I may plunge into his blog eventually.

    2. That’s a good quote, and pretty well sums up the entirety of 2016.

      in the immediate aftermath of the election, i posted something to the effect that =

      “now that the fight is over, the media will have to try to remember what journalism WITHOUT endless political narrative-pumping/character-assassination actually entails”

      I figured that there was no point anymore to the idiotic frothing about Trump. what could they do? indeed, it seemed in those few days that the media were all doing some navel gazing about their role in what was a Very Bad Year….

      but then came The Russians. Oh, no…. first it was “hate crimes”. Then it was “LITERAL NAZIS”. then it was…. the sudden rediscovery of the Electoral College?… THEN the Russians.

      i thought they’d already gone ‘all in’ in the political poker game. But then they went back to the bank.

      1. “i thought they’d already gone ‘all in’ in the political poker game. But then they went back to the bank.”

        Media people are not very bright, but they make up for that by being insufferably arrogant.

        1. Thing is the DNC is following the same playbook. They could have put in a Congressional minority leader who won his district even though Trump won it but nope San Fran Nan. They are still enamored by Hollywood the same Hollywood who just insulted every Packer, Buckeye, Wolverine and Steeler fan they could the exact people they lost in this election which lost it for them. They are all going to ride that bus right off the cliff of a Trump Second Term and with the 2018 Senate slate that formula might give him a bigger Senate majority.

      2. The fight is never over. Some in the media still go out of their way to slam Reagan years after his death as if he’ll be back any minute.

        1. “Bravery is not enough,” said Squealer. “Loyalty and obedience are more important. And as to the Battle of the Cowshed, I believe the time will come when we shall find that Snowball’s part in it was much exaggerated. Discipline, comrades, iron discipline! That is the watchword for today. One false step, and our enemies would be upon us. Surely, comrades, you do not want Jones back?”

          Once again this argument was unanswerable. Certainly the animals did not want Jones back; if the holding of debates on Sunday mornings was liable to bring him back, then the debates must stop.

    3. And I thought I was bad with run-on sentences.

  16. In 2008 my daughter was a seat filler at a big Obama speech and Q&A, and was about to vote for the first time. She, like many, assumed he was the transformational figure advertised. Then she heard him speak in person – and came away convinced he was the biggest, most self centered fraud ever. Nothing has changed since then.

    1. You seem new here. Welcome. Glad the daughter is smart enough to see through the scam; it will serve her well in life.

  17. Flipping back and forth among sites; the SF Chron has yet to comment on Obo’s self-congratulatory BS. I’m sure it’s ‘in conference’ right now, working up the most saccharine phrases to applaud the most wonnerful human evah to hold office to keep the forces of evil from…

    1. Oops; they did not give it front, center, top of page!
      ‘Yes we did’ ? Obama bids farewell in nostalgic last speech”
      http://www.sfgate.com/news/pol…..846715.php

      No, you didn’t.

      1. Again not sure what was worse the speech or the near religious worship of it. I am waiting for Gettysburg address comparison that is the only thing missing.

  18. My neighbor went on vacation for 8 years. Asshole forgot to turnoff his alarm clock. Finally, the batteries died.

    1. Dammit. Now his dog is barking.

  19. Here’s a parting shot Obama could do.

    He resigns tomorrow or in a few days, Biden moves into the spot and becomes the 45th president. Therefore all the official stuff that has Trump listed as the 45th president has to be reworked. And maybe not in time for the inauguration.

    Is it absolutely petty? Will his supporters love it? Yes to both. Is he the kind of guy who would do such a thing? Yes, yes he is.

    1. Also being out of office he wouldn’t be the one greeting Trump. He can skip out on that and not have to deal with it.

      1. You just know they’re going to feed those helicopter-riding dogs milk and cheese a couple hours before they leave the WH.

  20. Obama also touched on his successes?many of them legitimate. The president deserves credit for normalizing relations with Cuba and supporting marriage equality. He’s also a decent man and a good father and husband, and worthy role model.

    Robby’s Bill Weld moment.

    You may remember that Obama supported DOMA in 2008, and only switched sides when it was already inevitable that a court decision would force the states to end the tyrannical oppression of not giving people pieces of paper. Similarly with respecting states’ legalization of MJ.

    The Cuba policy didn’t change until he reached lame duck status, and probably for the wrong reasons.

    I don’t see how his kids are not going to grow up warped, just like the flipping Kennedys. He does appear to treat his wife better than Democrat presidents usually do, so he does have something.

    1. Not like anyone would report on it if he was a shitty husband or a poon hound like Bill.

    2. Considering how carefully curated his image has always been, there’s no point in trying to figure out his relationship with his wife or family. But it is obvious he has a gigantic ego and will spend the rest of his days lying his ass off to preserve his legacy. And he’s bombed scores of innocent people without any accountability. I can’t call that a decent man

  21. Robby’s newfound fondness for Obama is disturbing. He spend the last several years covering Obama’s administration’s systematic assault on freedom of speech and individual rights of students on universities. Obama has been the Tsar of political correctness. Worse than merely getting offended at ‘offensive’ speech, he has sought to punish it, to criminalize normal sexual activity, and even to bring that ethos beyond the university and into the realm of criminal and civil law (this is the guy whose administration was on the brink of criminalizing public disbelief in global warming, recall?).

    Obama’s recent attacks on ‘political correctness’ are therefore as hypocritical and disingenuous as they could possibly be. He’s a politician who is trying to salvage his legacy, and the election showed him that PC totalitarianism may not in fact be the right side of history; it may actually be a sinking ship, and he’s trying to untie himself from it. Don’t treat this guy like a reasonable moderate trying to put the brakes on the extreme wing of his party. This guy stood at the head of the crusade for years; now, far too late, he realizes it may lead to his (legacy’s) doom, he’s trying to pretend he was on the other side the whole time. I’d frankly have more respect for him if he went down with the ship and went out cursing the deplorables.

    1. Nah. This is like Hugh Hefner renouncing carnal pleasures and accepting Jesus into his heart on his deathbed.

      Obama has (clumsily) relied on PC bullshit and stoking divisions between America to keep relevant for his entire 8 years in office. He’s saying these words now because he wants to be remembered as a “uniter, not a divider”, and of course the media and historians’ guild will try to spin his performance in office as such.

      The Internet is going to make that very, very hard to pull off. Luckily we’re in the process of handing it over to the democracy of dictators that is the UN, so the scrawlings of the pesky deplorables can be memory holed soon enough.

    2. There’s absolutely nothing newfound about it. Rico is a left-liberal SJW progressive who has always venerated the Obamessiah.

  22. Hey guys. Long time no talk. Been a crazy six months. Started nazi larping on 4chan and twitter. Ended up shitposting a foul mouthed billionaire hated by the political establishment into the white house. Then I posed as a retired MI6 agent and convinced Rick Wilson and Kurt Eichenwald to forward a Sugarfree fan fiction to the CIA. So it’s been a pretty routine I guess.

    How you guys been?

    1. Good good. We were wondering how everything turned out so crazy, i guess that explains it. Don’t eat the Chinese food in the fridge: it’s been there for two weeks and started life as spaghetti.

      1. Also, the new kitten likes to sleep by the back door, so shut it gently. If you feel any resistance, it’s probably her tail.

  23. Welcome back!
    Long time no see.

    We haven’t touched your room, it’s just as you left it.
    Didn’t even wash the sheets, actually.

    There’s leftover Chinese in the fridge.
    Make sure you pull the back door shut and make sure it locks before you go to sleep, sometimes it sticks.

  24. Once a dorm room bull shit artist, always a dorm room bull shit artist.

  25. Indeed, Obama evidently believes strongly in the power of facts and persuasion?of just sitting down with each other, listening, and having a rational discussion…

    Unless you’re affiliated with Fox News. Or a certain trio of newspapers critical of his campaign. Or whistleblowers and the journalists reporting from them.

    He’s also a decent man and a good father and husband, and worthy role model.

    The role model of a man who smoked a lot of weed or the role model of man who laughed at using his power to stop the mass incarceration of people who smoke any amount of weed?

  26. “Indeed, Obama evidently believes strongly in the power of facts and persuasion?of just sitting down with each other, listening, and having a rational discussion.”

    Under this administration, the government gained the authority to penalize you for not buying what it deems inadequate health insurance. What you do says more about what you believe than what you say, and what Obama has done has very little to do with facts or persuasion, but a lot to do with arrogance and bullying.

  27. Obama’s a uniter, not a divider. And now we’re all united in our own little groups, hating everybody in all the other groups. Even though Obama didn’t invent identity politics, he damn sure benefitted from identity politics and fed that monster as much as possible. Eight years ago, the only reason you could possibly oppose Obama is if you’re a racist, and today you could support Trump not just if you’re a racist, but also a xenophobe, a homophobe, an Islamaphobe, a white supremacist, a Nazi, a fascist, an ignorant in-bred redneck mouth-breathing moron…..I’d say identity politics has been pretty damn successful if we’ve gone from all being in the single group of “racist” to a dozen or so different groups within that big ol’ basket of deplorables. Thanks, Obama!

  28. We weaken those ties when we allow our political dialogue to become so corrosive that people of good character are turned off from public service

    It ain’t the “corrosive” dialogue turning off people of good character from public “service” — it’s the actions of the people running the government, revealing them to be the equivalent of mafiosas.

  29. On the one hand, he’s a vapid, preening narcissist; on the other, he’s a petulant bitchfaced crybaby.

    But he’s a snappy dresser, and that’s what matters.

    1. On the one hand, he’s a vapid, preening narcissist; on the other, he’s a petulant bitchfaced crybaby.

      Stolen.

  30. “The president deserves credit for… supporting marriage equality.”

    You mean the fact that he issued, like, a single statement saying he was pro gay marriage after a midterm election where a full third of LGBT voters cast their ballots for Republicans out of distaste with the Democrats?? And then followed through on his statement of support by… doing nothing for six years??

    Hyes, he sure ~deserves~ credit for issuing a statement of support when it became politically expedient to do so and then doing nothing to show his support other than with empty words.

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