President Obama’S Farewell Address Was Very Conciliatory.
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President Obama’s farewell address was very conciliatory. He tried hard to bring people together and create a spirit of unity and solidarity that unfortunately is deeply missing in America today. Interestingly, he delicately and poignantly pointed out some of the mistakes that were made during this electoral process by the Democratic Party and quite possibly by Hillary Clinton herself especially her ethical shortcomings. He didn’t name her at all and this slight reference was in fact very subtle.
All together, it was a speech that ended on a beautifully emotional note, especially when he praised the patience and the aptitude of his wonderful daughters, Malia and Sasha, as well as the First Lady Michelle Obama, one of the most highly…show more content…
Allow me to briefly expand on this concept of “American Exceptionalism” which goes back to the begging of the founding of our nation. The founding fathers dreamed of a shining city upon a hill. They meant that not in a sense of arrogance and hubris, but that our democratic values and certainly our constitution were based on higher values such as freedom, self-determination, democratic governance, and the pursuit of happiness. Following our disastrous defeat in Vietnam in 1975, this “American Exceptionalism” concept had a resurgence in 1980 when President Reagan came to power with his advertisement slogan, “It’s a new morning in America” as a deeply needed morale booster.
But now, after all our mindless and intrusive interventions everywhere, the peoples of the world not only not subscribe to this theory of “American Exceptionalism”, but they are actually resentful towards it like no other time in our history. What was once an innocent American Dream has turned into an American nightmare. We have proven that if we are exceptional in anything, it is how to wage war and bring about chaos and anarchy in other people 's countries.
Another point of achievement according to President Obama was when said, “The good news is that today the economy is growing again. Wages, incomes, home values, and retirement accounts are all rising. Poverty is falling."
But that is not entirely true