For eight long, arduous years, the American public has had to deal with a president whose ego and ideology seemed inextricably linked.
Every bad piece of legislation signed was treated as an extension of his emotional well-being, and if anyone dared to question or reject that legislation, President Obama took it as a personal insult.
More than once, in these waning days of his dreadful administration, he has commented on how it would disappoint him to see his dictates overturned.
During the election cycle, he appealed to the black community, saying he would view it a “personal insult” if they didn’t act to preserve his legacy, by voting for Hillary Clinton.
Most did. Many did not.
With that in mind, along with the fact that the man has little or no accomplishments to tout before winning office in 2008, it’s no wonder that just the act of getting him to move on is proving to be a Herculean task, all by itself.
Take, for example, the news that he plans to set up a home in Washington, D.C. in order to be the guy standing in the background, screaming into a megaphone over every move President Trump makes.
He is addicted to the adoration he received as “the first black president,” and now that era has passed. It’s got to be difficult to realize his new role requires he be something less.
Another example is his farewell speech from Tuesday night.
According to the Washington Examiner, Obama’s farewell address lasted longer than the farewell addresses of Presidents Reagan, Clinton, and George W. Bush, combined.
Clinton spoke for 7 minutes, 25 seconds; Reagan spoke for 20 minutes, 42 seconds; and George W. Bush spoke for 13 minutes, 7 seconds. Obama spoke for 51 minutes, 10 seconds, nearly 10 minutes longer than the other three put together.
You can almost envision Obama’s fingertips growing white with strain against the doorjamb, as the American public tries to pull him from the room.
Obama gave his speech to who he knew would be a receptive crowd.
He broke from the tradition of speaking from the White House, and chose to deliver his farewell from where it all began for him – Chicago, Illinois.
To clarify that point, he spoke from the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, not Bill Ayers’ living room.
His administration sold tickets to the event, and the parting speech was delivered before 18,000 citizens.
It was a good way for President Obama to close out his presidency.
If only he would now just stay away.