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LIVE POST: President Obama's Farewell Address @ 9pm EST

8:30 pm - 01/10/2017

It started with hope, and it will end with a call for participation.

President Barack Obama plans to reflect on America's founding principles in his Tuesday farewell address, according to remarks from the speech released early. He will make the speech from his hometown of Chicago, where he also delivered his historic victory speech in 2008.

Obama still believes that "change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it," he said in prepared remarks. The president said this is the "beating heart" of America's "bold experiment in self-government."

It's not just that every person is created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights, but Obama said in prepared remarks, "it's the insistence that these rights, while self-evident, have never been self-executing; that We, the People, through the instrument of our democracy can form a more perfect union."

The speech is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday.

The president had indicated in his weekly address Saturday that he would focus on the active role Americans must play in self-government, something he said is easily lost in the "day to day back and forth of Washington." Obama has consistently emphasized that collective action leads to "change for the better."

In his prepared remarks for Tuesday, Obama said "the great gift our Founders gave us" was "the freedom to chase our individual dreams through our sweat, toil, and imagination — and the imperative to strive together as well, to achieve a greater good."

mhfromnh 11th-Jan-2017 02:06 am (UTC)
I miss voting for that man.
evildevil 11th-Jan-2017 05:09 am (UTC)
I miss candidate Obama. I wont miss President Obama.
sabrinita 11th-Jan-2017 11:05 pm (UTC)
..that's actually a really good way of putting it (though I will miss President Obama, for the same reason I stated below). Candidate Obama was better though
sabrinita 11th-Jan-2017 02:09 am (UTC)
He's by no means the greatest president or greatest person that ever lived. I don't want to hold him up on a pedestal as if he's some sort of god. But when I look at him and them look at Trump..I'm really, REALLY going to miss him D:
rkt 11th-Jan-2017 02:16 am (UTC)
hes definitely not the greatest person.
he might be the greatest president.
(the bar's not that high.)
sabrinita 11th-Jan-2017 02:18 am (UTC)
LOL that is a very good point. Even the presidents we were taught to love and revere growing up in U.S. schools you come to learn were very flawed human beings (and that's, uh, putting it nicely?)

Edited at 2017-01-11 02:18 am (UTC)
rkt 11th-Jan-2017 02:19 am (UTC)

exactly :)
ohmiya_sg 11th-Jan-2017 06:40 am (UTC)
that's true
ladycyndra 11th-Jan-2017 02:11 am (UTC)
Nooo he cant go! =(
lovedforaday 11th-Jan-2017 02:13 am (UTC)
10 more days...
shahar 11th-Jan-2017 02:35 am (UTC)
I hope he takes an active role as a former president. I would rather him be more like Carter than Clinton or Bush.
blackjedii 11th-Jan-2017 02:44 am (UTC)
He's planning to help train new activists and politicians.

I am okay with that.
shahar 11th-Jan-2017 03:47 am (UTC)
Good. I know he had talked about moving to Hawaii, but we need him.
blackjedii 11th-Jan-2017 02:42 am (UTC)
He's shading everyone tonight.
blackjedii 11th-Jan-2017 02:50 am (UTC)



oh god he could have been our president he could have
spiritoftherain 11th-Jan-2017 03:34 am (UTC)
Maybe if his son hasn't died. :(
blackjedii 11th-Jan-2017 12:15 pm (UTC)
Too precious for this filthy earth.
evildevil 11th-Jan-2017 05:11 am (UTC)
If he had run, maybe this shitstorm nightmare could had been avoided. Maybe.
blackjedii 11th-Jan-2017 12:16 pm (UTC)
Oh he would have won.

For all the reasons that Clinton did not. Biden is a people person who is able to connect with low-income workers incredibly wel.

Although we literally may have had a fistfight during the debates. But Biden's hands are way bigger than Trump's.
evildevil 11th-Jan-2017 03:13 pm (UTC)
True, but I wonder.

Unless systematic changes, or immediate reforms, were to be implemented under a hypothetical Biden Presidency, we would have probably ended up with a Trump President or someone worst in the future. Trump was going to happen eventually unless something changes. Obama promised change and he failed to deliver, Trump "promised" (if we can call that) change and I doubt he will deliver. The people desperately wanted change, economic change, political change, social change. Could a Biden Presidency deliver what was needed? Cant help but being cynical. Perhaps a President Biden could have done some slight repairs or some reforms in the short run, but I fear in the long run it wouldn't had been enough.
blackjedii 11th-Jan-2017 11:18 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah. I mean - the reckoning is coming one way or another because most people's standard of living continues to drop significantly.

But I think Biden would at least know what the problem is, the same way that Sanders does and he's very effective at framing it. He'd probably have the same problem that Obama did which would be a legislative branch that wants to do nothing and get paid for it, but that only works so long as you have a scapegoat and people aren't noticing. Biden is way better at being angry on someone's behalf than Obama was.

Like... I wasn't happy about this election. I haven't been happy since Hillary took the Dem nomination in the most bland, centrist, please-Republcans way ever. but at least if the Dems had the Senate or Presidency (there's no way they're getting HoR)... there would be some minor mediation.
simply_blah 11th-Jan-2017 02:57 am (UTC)

Please don't go. Please don't leave us with Coke-Bloat.
honorh 11th-Jan-2017 03:54 am (UTC)
simply_blah 11th-Jan-2017 03:57 am (UTC)
Because my heart is already broken. :(
lovedforaday 11th-Jan-2017 02:59 am (UTC)
Jesus take the wheel.
blackjedii 11th-Jan-2017 03:02 am (UTC)
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