Obama's Farewell Address and what you will remember him for.Posted by TeLeFaWx on 1/10/17 at 10:43 pm 912
Caught the last 20-30 minutes. Because of the SJWs I view everything through the lens of their agenda, so I didn't really like a lot of the points, but it wasn't that bad otherwise. I think a lot of the speech was meant to be "even handed" but given the cheers, it felt more left wing than it probably was. He really is an amazing orator. While I find Trump entertaining and a breath of fresh air, we are definitely losing something in that department. Obama is an all time public speaker. I think people will study him for years.
As far as his legacy, I think we will look back at his Administration as one of ineffectiveness and divisiveness, but I don't know how much of that to pin directly on him, or just the inmates running the asylum. "Obamacare" was really just a few overarching points, and then Pelosi and her cronies and donors filling in the next thousand pages. Easily one of the worst pieces of legislature ever written, the hallmark of his Presidency, and ironically enough, it was designed largely out of his control. However, it also got the ball rolling on fixing health care in the system. It established something for the Republicans to have in place that might not be popular with their constituents, but needed to happen anyway. At this point, I do agree the ownership going forward is going to be on them.
I will say, I am glad we finally had a black President. I think it was historic, important, and we can look at our country and say that a lot of people do not care about the color of his skin, but the content of his character. I think that was something we as a country needed. Of course people on the Left will violently defend him just because he's black, but whatever. Identity politics is not the weapon it used to be, and I'll let them cling to their dying cause. I think a lot of people want to blame Obama for race relations, and I think inviting BLM to the White House legitimized them and it was completely inappropriate and ridiculous, but the MSM is the largest culprit for that. There are young black men and women growing up believing in the boogie man of "white privilege" and I think that is the media's monster. I don't think Obama has dispelled any of that rhetoric and cemented it in some ways, and could have quelled much of the dissent in this country... but looking back I hope we see that as the left wing media's bastard creation. Although, the "if I had a son" shite was ridiculous and feeds in to a narrative of young black children being hunted by cops which is absurd, and that I will plant squarely on him. Even LeBron has mentioned worrying about his sons which was the biggest farce. I guess I will have to see how much that lingers in the collective conscious before I don't have to pin on him. Time will tell. And this country is going to be a majority Hispanic in 30 years. This white vs black thing that dominated politics for so long is literally going to be an artifact. It's just literally won't be a thing.
As for Obama's foreign policy, I may in the 5% of people that liked how much he droned the frick out of people. Highest marks in my book. Otherwise his foreign policy has pretty much sucked. The power vacuum in Iraq was all him. His anti-Israel shite is a joke. The Iran Nuclear deal was a disaster. But whatever. It can call be corrected soon.
His economics are the things that drive me the craziest. The stimulus. The debt. QE1. The welfare state. QE2. Stifling the shale revolution when EVEN IN HIS SPEECH TONIGHT HE TALKED ABOUT HALVING DEPENDENCY ON FOREIGN OIL WHEN HE DID LITERALLY NOTHING TO HELP IT, EXTENDED ZERO FEDERAL LEASES, AND IF HE DID WE MIGHT EVEN BE COMPLETELY OFF FOREIGN OIL. Terrible economic growth. QE3. I don't even want to list how terrible it all was it's just too much.
Overall: C- for now. There were no complete blunders like the GWoT that would knock him in to the D territory, but there are no high points. It's all just error after error. Each error is somewhat survivable, but at this point, if I was asked to pick my favorite thing Obama did, I'm not sure I could name a single thing other than flying death robots, and I wish we weren't even in the position where we had to use them. Maybe I'll look back after Trump and have a completely different perspective, but for now, he strikes me as an ideologue that trusted the Democratic machine too much. For an amazing orator that evokes confidence, he was surprisingly weak. He had a few big ideas that were implemented in the worst way possible because he did nothing but appease to the clueless Dems within his own party. I think his lack of a real job ever lead to this idealism. When you buy in to the political machine, and "community organizing"(why did he mention this so much tonight?), I think you start to believe your bull shite. Obama seems like a good man when it comes down to it, just naive and oblivious. George W. Bush suffered from some of those same flaws, and I think W. is a good man as well.