President Obama gave his final speech (thank God) as president last night and it was a typical Obama speech.
Big on rhetoric.
Lacking on substance.
It was basically a campaign speech. In fact, you could barely tell that Obama knew he had been president the last 8 years.
When you compare Obama’s farewell to that of his predecessors you immediately notice one major difference.
His speech was significantly longer…
Presidential Farewell Address Length:
Reagan: 21 minutes
Clinton: 8 minutes
Bush: 14 minutes
Obama: 50 minutes pic.twitter.com/LFGyDc6J9C
— Jeremy Art (@cspanJeremy) January 11, 2017
From IJ Review:
Just like you’d think: Over twice as long as his nearest rival—Ronald Reagan. The Washington Examiner tracked it down to the second:
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 that the other three put together.
Obama also broke from the tradition of delivering his final speech from the White House. Clinton and Reagan both spoke from the Oval Office, and George W. Bush spoke in front of a small audience in the White House East Room; the Obama administration distributed public tickets for his speech at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago.
I would argue that the speech was longer because there was so much to defend.
Obama also loves the spotlight more than the four presidents before him.
How many reality and talk shows has the guy been on again?
And then there was this…
From The Daily Caller:
President Obama referred to himself 75 times in his farewell address Tuesday night, according to a review of his prepared remarks by The Daily Caller.
Obama said “I” 33 times during the speech, “my” 20 times, “me” 10 times, and “I’m” or “I’ve” 12 times.
The president made a habit of focusing large chunks of his speeches on himself during his eight years in office.
Sounds about right…
There isn’t much to hang your hat on from the last 8 years and the country is more fractured than it has been in a long time.
Here are my two favorite tweets from last night…
Obama inherited from Bush a world w/o ISIS, a sanctioned Iran, contained Syria and stable Iraq, Egypt & Libya, BUT HEY FREE BIRTH CONTROL!
— Razor (@hale_razor) January 11, 2017
My favorite part of any Obama speech is when, after 30 minutes of demonizing his opponents, he laments the tone of politics. #ObamaFarewell
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) January 11, 2017
That just about sums it up.