With only days left in Obama’s presidency, he is in hardcore legacy building mode to make it seem like he wasn’t a complete failure. In a media blitz of interviews and statements he’s been cherry-picking data, taking credit for things he had nothing to do with, and blaming everyone else for his f*ck-ups. This is the Obama we know, but somewhere buried in his self-promoted propaganda a weird thing happened: he actually told the truth for once. In what should have been the biggest headline of the year so far, Obama admitted that the country will be better off without him.
Obama wrote a letter to the American people to let us know how much progress he made in his 8 years of golfing and vacationing. It’s pretty standard Obama fare with him taking credit for improving the economy while ignoring the pathetic jobs participation rate and historic income inequality. He also pats himself on the back for making the world a safer place, which may be his biggest delusion of all.
Because he doesn’t having anything real to hang his hat on, Obama of course touts his success as a social justice warrior:
We’ve also worked to make the changing face of America more fair and more just — including by making strides towards criminal justice reform, making progress towards equal pay, repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and advancing the cause of civil rights, women’s rights, and LGBT rights. I appointed two extraordinary women to the Supreme Court, marking the first time in history that three women sit on the bench, including the first Latina. And today in America, marriage equality is finally a reality across all fifty states.
If that is the “greatness” Obama wants to be remembered for, I’m fine with letting him have it.
Somewhere along the line while tooting his own horn, Obama actually tries to blame his awful time in office on all of us:
This is where America stands after eight years of progress. By so many measures, our country is stronger and more prosperous than it was when we started — a situation I’m proud to leave for my successor. And it’s thanks to you — to the hard work you’ve put in; the sacrifices you’ve made for your families and communities; the way you’ve looked out for one another.
Hey, don’t put this on us. The only fingerprints they will find at the crime scene of Obama’s presidency are his own.
Finally, after recounting the fantasy version of his time in office, Obama had a strange moment of clarity:
It has been the privilege of my life to serve as your President. And as I prepare to pass the baton and do my part as a private citizen, I’m proud to say that we have laid a new foundation for America. A new future is ours to write. And I’m as confident as ever that it will be led by the United States of America — and that our best days are still ahead.
Like I said, Obama finally said something that was true. Our best days are still ahead because he is leaving office and taking his whacko liberal agenda with him. I’m not sure he meant it to come out that way, but let’s give him some credit for stumbling upon the truth for once.