Now that’s the way to do it… with dignity, respect and gratitude. Through his example, Barack Obama has shown Americans and the world what a president should be. He is the personification of class and decorum. On Tuesday night he spoke calmly and eloquently to everyone regardless of their race, colour, or creed, and encouraged them to aspire to do their best, to put the interests of their nation right up there with their own, and to see America and its people not just for what they are, but for what they can be.
He spoke of hope and love, of compassion and respect. He talked about optimism, and dreams, and of better days ahead. He said to never give up, to never stop trying to make a better nation and better lives for all, and asked his audience to pass these sentiments on to their young.
He raised no alarms, and pointed no fingers, but asked the people to be diligent and watchful, and to never lose hope. His speech was uplifting and positive, and brought tears to the eyes of even the most jaded.
During Obama’s speech, Ann Coulter, the conservative social and political commentator Tweeted out “HEY! Obama’s giving his good riddance — I mean farewell — speech.“
There it is, right there. The brightness, hope, and kindness of Obama as compared to the darkness, despair, and meanness that is about to envelope the USA. On January 20th America will say farewell to compassion, integrity, and optimism and usher in four years of bitterness, greedy opportunism, and suspicion.
To Trump conservatives, it’s a heartless, cutthroat world out there. To them weapons & force are the negotiating tools of choice, aggression wins out over compassion, toughness over love, and tyranny & secrecy are viewed as more effective means of governance than democracy. It’s going to be a long four years. *
God help America!
I’m just sayin’
* One has to wonder why the heart of a Trump conservative is so filled with suspicion, anger, and aggression. Were they themselves victims of bullying when they were young? Were they abused as children? Did they suffer loss and mistreatment at the hands of authority? Or were they perhaps overly pampered and privileged, and feel that the world must bow to their every want and wish? Or maybe they’ve just discovered that appealing to the worst in human nature allows them to manipulate people for their own purposes. I don’t know. But they are certainly a loud, cocky, and clearly pissed off bunch of people – mostly white extremists – who act like they’re the only ones who grasp just how cruel and wicked the world really is, and that they’re the only ones who can save America from all the foreign evil that lurks beyond its borders.
By the way, as I was writing this blog, Trump was giving his first press conference since becoming president-elect – his first press briefing in 6 months. At the time he was vehemently attacking reporters, denying their assertions that Russia has a secret dossier of evidence of improprieties and his financial dealings with them, and accusing the media of a witch hunt, calling even the largest news outlets like CNN “Fake News”, and accusing them of acting like this is Nazi Germany. What a contrast to Obama’s spotless legacy and good relationship with the media.
The man is already defensive, angry, and spiteful, and he hasn’t even begun his term of office. This is definitely not a good sign.
To quote The Donald himself… Sad. I truly feel sorry for America.