President Obama delivered his farewell address to the nation on Tuesday to a packed and supportive crowd in Chicago. Obama thanked his family, Vice-President Joe Biden, his staff and the American people as he concluded his speech. For the most part, the speech was a call for the future and a recap of his perceived high points of his administration.
The mainstream media fawned over Obama’s speech. BuzzFeed editors tweeted that they were in tears and other media outlets praised the past eight years and Obama specifically. Those in attendance shouted “four more years” and booed as he announced his “final” point.
NBC News reporter Adam Howard praised Obama’s “soaring oratory” and selected fifteen sound bites that “best capture his legacy.” But Hot Air observed that all they did was offer cliches and platitudes. One of them stands out as particularly outrageous given the history of the past eight years.
Howard recalled Obama’s profound statement when he won the Nobel Peace Prize after doing nothing but getting elected. Obama said that “war promises human tragedy.” Howard called this “a case study of the more nuanced approach his administration took to addressing national security and foreign policy.”
Howard omitted other key Obama statements like the countless times he said, “If you like your plan, you can keep it.” Millions of Americans have already lost their insurance plans with the implementation of Obamacare.
Howard also omitted Obama’s warning to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.
“We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus,” Obama claimed. But Assad pushed forward and used such weapons, and the president responded only minimally in what his own Secretary of State John Kerry described as “pinpricks.”
And we must remember Obama’s famous statement that ISIS is nothing more than a “JV team.” Even after ISIS “seized Mosul and a large part of western Iraq, Obama told the press that he still did not “have a strategy yet.”
Finally, let us not forget how Obama chided Mitt Romney during one of their debates after Romney asserted that the Russian government posed a rising and significant threat to the United States.
Source: Hot Air