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'Yes we did' - Obama bids farewell in nostalgic last speech

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  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Jan. 12, 2017 6:05 p.m.

    @very_angry_man - ,

    "I will always remember Obama for helping me realize I that I bitterly cling to my guns and my God. Never knew that until he came along".

    Enlighten a liberal...Why was "bitterly clinging" necessary? Specifics. Just once I would desire to hear the true reason/ideology the extremist, obstructionist, anti-equality faction despise President Obama as much as they do! The overwhelming vitriol was clearly stated from the beginning and set the tone for 8 years. Never once did I hear President Obama state or imply from the onset of his presidency the unwillingness to corporate and put aside political differences for the better of America. One of many examples of how I remember President Obama!

  • very_angry_man ,
    Jan. 12, 2017 5:15 p.m.

    I will always remember Obama for helping me realize I that I bitterly cling to my guns and my God. Never knew that until he came along.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Jan. 12, 2017 12:39 p.m.

    @Misty Mountain.
    I agree with you about Al Sharpton. And I agree with you about Donald Trump.

    I just don't see Barack Obama fading into the background like George W. Bush. I see him pursuing a course more like Bill and Hillary Clinton, hopefully without the greedy part.

    Barack Obama can't be president again, and Michelle seems to have no desire to run for office. But, Barack Obama is still the de facto leader of the Democratic Party and the de facto leader of the African-American community (much to Al Sharpton's chagrin). I am pretty sure that Obama still thinks he can make a significant contribution to America going forward.

    Barack could very easily take on the role of "king-maker" for the Democratic Party. The only problem is, for the foreseeable future, he will overshadow anybody he decides to campaign for.

  • antodav Tampa, FL
    Jan. 12, 2017 12:33 p.m.

    Boo hoo. He opened up relations with Cuba; maybe they'll have a job opening for him after Raul Castro dies. He'll find no pesky Republicans there to get in the way of his agenda. Bye Felicia.

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Jan. 12, 2017 12:17 p.m.

    USAlvr-

    Yes we did- Insure 20 million (regardless of rhetoric!)
    Yes we did- Realize racism still exists (despite denial!)
    Yes we did- Prevent a devastating financial collapse left by republican predecessor!
    Yes we did- Realize Putin is no friend (regardless of wingnut radio excuses)
    Yes we did- Realize Israel must do their part for peace in region and Palestine is entitled to input.
    Yes we did- Realize facts! ISIS is a result of Iraq invasion.
    Yes we did- Realize our country was founded on the backbone of immigrants therefore concerned about "innocent families"!
    Yes we did- Witness numerous police shoot unarmed African American (kids) throughout our country and watch extremists discount based upon race!
    Yes we did- Never witness Obama take more more vacation time than his predecessor.
    Yes we did- Remember Crawford, TX ranch being named the "Western WH" due to amount of time being spent there!
    Yes we did- Listen to military intel regardless of Breitbart and National Enquirer talking points.
    Yes we did ....Overwhelmingly won reelection twice despite extremist, obstructionism from the start! (Where's my "free stuff"?)

    Nice try yourself!

  • Misty Mountain Kent, WA
    Jan. 12, 2017 11:31 a.m.

    @Vermonter wrote,

    "Not sure how Al Sharpton will feel about sharing that stage with Mr. Obama."

    Sharpton is a racist opportunist. He achieved fame the exact same way that Trump did--by convincing people that they were victims, and that he alone could save them.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    Jan. 11, 2017 11:54 p.m.

    Hmm?

    The press has defined Trump as:

    * Disliking Women, Mexicans, Blacks, Disabled people, etc
    * Not paying taxes
    * Not paying construction workers, and other employees
    * Being part of the KKK.
    * Being greedy, and selfish
    * Being another Hitler
    * Being arrogant, and conceited.

    Well folks! We better hope this is false, or exaggerated.

    For those who are wishing Trump to fail, our country, and lives are at stake.

  • USAlover Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 10:24 p.m.

    @Liberal

    Yes we did- Insure 20 million and (pass the bill onto the middle class and small business owner).

    Yes we did- Realize racism still exists (and fan the flames).

    Yes we did- Prevent a devastating financial collapse (and triple the national debt).

    Yes we did- Realize Putin is no friend of America (and deport innocent families).

    Yes we did- Realize Israel must do their part as well for peace in region (as long as Palestine agrees).

    Yes we did- Realize ISIS is a result (of scaling back our troops 6 years ago).

    Yes we did- Realize our country was founded on the backbone of (legal) immigrants.

    Yes we did- Witness numerous police shoot unarmed African American (criminals) throughout our country and discount the 99.9% of police bravery and competence)

    Yes we did- Witness President Obama take much (more expensive) vacation time than his predecessor.

    Yes we did- Remember the (free) Crawford, TX ranch being named the "Western WH" (at no expense to tax payers).

    Yes we did- Listen to military intel (and then ignore it and let ambassadors die in their own blood).

    Yes we did ....Overwhelmingly win reelection twice (because people love free stuff).

    Nice try!

  • Rockarolla West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 6:16 p.m.

    Yes He Did!!!...Establish himself as the worst President in history!

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 3:43 p.m.

    @Facts are friendly -

    Yes we did- Insure 20 million and abolish pre-existing conditions as a denial mechanism.

    Yes we can- deepen the racial divide (utter extremist propaganda and rhetoric. Specifics?)

    Yes we did- Realize racism still exists.

    Yes we did- Inherit the worst financial crisis in modern history.

    Yes we did- Prevent a devastating financial collapse.

    Yes we did- Realize Putin is no friend of America. Romney stated the same.

    Yes we did- Realize Israel must do their part as well for peace in region.

    Yes we did- Realize ISIS is a result from the invasion of Iraq.

    Yes we did- Realize our country was founded on the backbone of immigrants.

    Yes we did- Witness numerous police shoot unarmed African American men throughout our country.

    Yes we did- Witness President Obama take much less vacation time than his predecessor.

    Yes we did- Remember the Crawford, TX ranch being named the "Western WH".

    Yes we did- Listen to military intel.

    Yes we did ....Overwhelmingly win reelection twice despite known obstructionist comments from the beginning.

    Agree. Impressive list!

  • SG in SLC Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 3:39 p.m.

    @Riverton Cougar

    Of course economic growth was slow! It was the GREAT Recession. Largest American economic downturn since the 1930s. By far. Made the 1982-84 recession look like a walk in the park.

    There are reasons that the (real, sustained) recovery has been fairly anemic, and almost none of them have anything to do with Obama. Businesses that had been burned by the recession were reluctant to invest in new hires and increased production capacity, preferring instead to ferret away earnings as insurance against another downturn. Consequently, corporate cash reserves and executive/shareholder wealth accumulation (vs reinvestment in human & physical capital) have reached record highs. This has resulted in less-than-robust jobs growth (though there has been sustained jobs growth for several years now), underemployment, and relatively higher rates of saving vs consumption as a hedge against another downturn and job insecurity.

    I will concede that some of the thornier parts of ACA (the parts that *pay* for it) have hurt some businesses, but compared to the aforementioned economic headwinds, this is a relatively minor factor in the anemic recovery.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Jan. 11, 2017 3:14 p.m.

    No, he didn't cause the racial problems, he just exacerbated them every chance he got. Think about the Harvard professor, Ferguson, and others.

    He could have done much, much more to bring the country together but "turned a blind eye" too many times. Sorry.

  • Facts are friendly Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 2:59 p.m.

    Yes we can......double health care premiums
    Yes we can......deepen the racial divide
    Yes we can......triple the national debt
    Yes we can.....stick it to the middle class....AGAIN
    Yes we can.....stoke a new Cold War
    Yes we can.....leave Israel hanging
    Yes we can.....rename radical Islam
    Yes we can.....open our borders and ignore immigration LAWS
    Yes we can....make police targets of hate crimes
    Yes we can....take $20M vacations to Hawaii every year
    Yes we can....play 1,127 rounds of golf in 8 years
    Yes we can....denounce the war and then fund it for 8 more years
    Yes we can....say "Yes we did" even though we lost the election for President, Congress and Senate.

    Impressive list.

  • Liberal On Planet Zion SLC, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 2:58 p.m.

    @Riverton Guy

    "Moderators, what gives? Yet this comment here is allowed? Oh, that's right: one is conservative, the other is liberal. I got it".

    Unfortunately continued deflection. Really? Laying blame on the moderators rather accepting responsibility for your own direct statements which of course go once again without answers! The apparent mantra of the extremist, obstructionist faction. I've personally revamped several comments from moderators. Possibly try this yourself rather the constant whining regarding being called out on the lack of factual information prior to posting.

    "Speaking of large cities, have you noticed that the poorest cities/cities with the highest crime usually have had Democrat leadership for decades? Why do they keep voting that way and expect change"?

    Such as? New York, Boston, Chicago. L.A. San Francisco, Salt Lake City, etc. Furthermore. Possibly step outside Utah County and test this theory. Once again you'll find you are grossly mistaken!

  • Riverton BYU Guy Riverton, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 2:27 p.m.

    "If Trump had won the popular vote by 3 million and lost the election yourself and your extremist faction would have taken to the streets with loaded AR-15s!"

    Moderators, what gives? Every time I make hypotheticals like "If Hillary opened up and admitted to mishandling classified information, she wouldn't lose much Democrat support", it gets denied for being "overly speculative". Heck, I can even make factual claims (such as pointing out the leaks that exposed corruption in the DNC) it gets denied for the same reason. Yet this comment here is allowed? Oh, that's right: one is conservative, the other is liberal. I got it.

    "Whether it’s California or Texas, Rhode Island or Wyoming, one vote is one vote whether it comes from a densely or sparsely populated state."

    Except you can't ignore geography like that since rural citizens will have different views than highly-populated-city residents. Speaking of large cities, have you noticed that the poorest cities/cities with the highest crime usually have had Democrat leadership for decades? Why do they keep voting that way and expect change?

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 2:13 p.m.

    "Life on Planet Riverton seems ignorantly blissful! One dares make this comment while casting a vote for Trump?! Must life in the extremist, obstructionist faction be reality free?"

    I did not vote for Trump.

    "....Again. A simple comparison of any all investment accounts and real estate holdings/values before 2008 to current! Furthermore. Only President in modern times to inherit such a financial crisis. Brought to you by a prior republican president!"

    Yeah, we have been through this already. The fact remains that economic growth was slow. Why do liberals deny that fact? Oh, because it makes their Anointed One look bad. Also, the recession was under a Republican president's watch, but brought to you by Democrats' policies.

    "Solyndra! Really? That's all you have? Climate deniers to the back of the bus! The discussion is over and the evidence there for all to see."

    I don't deny climate change; it has been going on for as long as the planet has been going around the sun. The "evidence" that humans need to drastically change their ways or else the planet will not survive is non-existent.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 1:51 p.m.

    It was an amazing speech.
    For once, Obama acknowledged without ridicule that white males had a point-of-view worth serious consideration.

    He left out the church-going gun owner part he's being using for eight years.

    I guess he learned something from the election after all.

    Another thing he left out was the success of his beloved middle class. Even Obama couldn't pretend that we were better off than we were eight years ago. We're there in the data. Underemployed, left the job market completely, paying much higher insurance rates, living with deductibles so high we now have what amounts to major medical only, living a lower standard of living...

    But we bitter clingers vote.

  • Lib living on Planet Utah Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 1:45 p.m.

    @Riverton Cougar -

    "So the highly-populated liberal states like California, New York, and Illinois voted for Hillary, but it doesn't mean she was "the people's clear choice". The margin that Hillary won by in the popular vote could be accounted for in California alone. After all, Trump won over several states that Obama had won in 2012, but none of Romney's states went to Hillary".

    If Trump had won the popular vote by 3 million and lost the election yourself and your extremist faction would have taken to the streets with loaded AR-15s! Many votes outside the proclaimed liberal enclaves. To act like your faction has a mandate only further proves a gross disconnect from reality.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Jan. 11, 2017 1:35 p.m.

    Riverton Cougar,
    " . . . . So the highly-populated liberal states like California, New York, and Illinois voted for Hillary, but it doesn't mean she was "the people's clear choice". The margin that Hillary won by in the popular vote could be accounted for in California alone. . . ."
    ______________________________
    So what? The margin by which Trump won in the electoral college can be accounted for by Texas alone. Should I now degrade the Texas vote as meaningless?

    Whether it’s California or Texas, Rhode Island or Wyoming, one vote is one vote whether it comes from a densely or sparsely populated state. I don’t know where you’re getting your understanding of American history but the electoral college was not created to handicap smaller states in a Presidential election. It was proposed at the Philadelphia convention as a compromise solution to ensure separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of Government.

    Like it or not, Hillary Clinton was the people’s choice for President in this election. The electoral college has always been a ticking time bomb that most of the time does not go off. This year, it did.

  • Lib living on Planet Utah Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 1:33 p.m.

    Rvrtn Coug

    "I certainly hope we don't see a President with Obama's integrity..."

    Life on Planet Riverton seems ignorantly blissful! One dares make this comment while casting a vote for Trump?! Must life in the extremist, obstructionist faction be reality free?

    "Um.... have you been paying attention to our economic growth"?

    "Um"....Again. A simple comparison of any all investment accounts and real estate holdings/values before 2008 to current! Furthermore. Only President in modern times to inherit such a financial crisis. Brought to you by a prior republican president!

    " Solyndra? Spending billions to "save the planet..."

    Solyndra! Really? That's all you have? Climate deniers to the back of the bus! The discussion is over and the evidence there for all to see.

    " Jimmy Carter breaths a sigh of relief"

    Deep yawn. Was Carter's approval rating ever 67% and climbing? For once I'd like to have one member of the anti-Obama extremist faction state the true reason they have so much contempt towards our President. Trump couldn't give a speech like last night's in a 1000 lifetimes and you all know it!

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 12:07 p.m.

    "With Hillary Clinton as the people’s clear choice for President, I needn't try to decode that assessment. But thanks for your input."

    So the highly-populated liberal states like California, New York, and Illinois voted for Hillary, but it doesn't mean she was "the people's clear choice". The margin that Hillary won by in the popular vote could be accounted for in California alone. After all, Trump won over several states that Obama had won in 2012, but none of Romney's states went to Hillary.

    The electoral college is there to keep up from huge, populated states like California and Texas from dominating the political landscape in presidential elections. Just like there's a House of Representatives AND a Senate, the electoral college is designed to discern what the majority opinion is for ALL Americans, not just Californians (or rather, citizens of the large cities).

    There is no doubt that America as a whole rejected Hillary and Obama's policies (or their corruption, either one) this election. But you can keep pretending that the people really prefer Hillary if that helps you feel better.

  • Facts are friendly Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 11:08 a.m.

    From Colorado: "President OBAMA saved America"

    Whaaa?

    Legalized marijuana smoke on Colorado must be effective second-hand. I wish the jet stream would reverse and blow some of the benefits over here into Utah. I could use the sedation.

    Obama (who I voted for the first time) missed out on so many great opportunities. His ego is only surpassed by Donald Trump. Obama was smooth and was great with the teleprompter (especially when he invoked his preacher voice) but his policies failed our country.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Jan. 11, 2017 10:59 a.m.

    Rikitikitavi,
    " . . . . beginning with mid-term elections in 2014, America began pushing back and in 2016 flatly rejected everything remotely connected to Obama and Clinton."
    ______________________________
    With Hillary Clinton as the people’s clear choice for President, I needn't try to decode that assessment. But thanks for your input.

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 10:37 a.m.

    @LOU

    Obama saved America?

    See...

    -Extra-Constitutional behavior
    -Illegal Executive orders
    -Benghazi...
    -Syria...
    -Libya
    -Muslim Brotherhood
    -Arab Spring
    -Iran
    -Iraq
    -Israel
    -Russia
    -Hillary Clinton
    -Ft. Hood
    -San Bernardino
    -Orlando
    -Dallas
    -Chicago
    -Ferguson
    -Gitmo
    -Obamacare
    -1% growth
    -At war every day he was in office.
    -Valerie Jarrett
    -Hollywood
    -Bears Ears
    -Henry Louis Gates Jr.
    -Race relations
    -Disparaging law enforcement while ignoring lawlessness.
    -Immigration

    All on "His" watch.

    Saved? From what?

  • JohnGalt Galt's Gulch, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 10:35 a.m.

    From what I have barely gathered this morning: President Obama did not talk of how he helped the rise of bigotry and rascism, he did not talk about how we have been at war everyday of his Presidency, he did not talk about how there are over 95 Million Americans not working. He did not discuss how his energy policies have really hurt working Americans, and trying to pay bills. He did not apologize on lying about keeping our doctors or past medical coverage. He didn't discuss how he has released captured war criminals. He didn't discuss how he has severely weakened relationships with pro freedom allies and strengthened relationships with pro- communist regimes.

    On and on

    But my liberal friends are saying he was eloquent, poised, sophisticated. That they will miss him. I can appreciate that. But I can't get past the lies which to me washes out the poise and sophistication. I really wish you could see or acknowledge that some of the fears you see for Trump are the same fears that we saw in Mr. Obama and those came true.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Jan. 11, 2017 10:26 a.m.

    patriot,
    ", , , , Jan 20 will be a GREAT day!!"
    ______________________________
    Enjoy it while it lasts. Trump supporters got what they wanted. A year from now, I’ll be curious to see how many of them still like what they got.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Jan. 11, 2017 10:22 a.m.

    President OBAMA saved America.
    Republicans with their unreasonable hate for him did everything they could to make him a failure. He ignored their racist behavior and succeeded!

    Thank you mr. President for a job well done.

  • Facts are friendly Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 10:20 a.m.

    Oh and my the way, my health insurance premium went from $647 to $1,120 in one year.

    Thanks Barack.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:49 a.m.

    re:Craig Clark

    I guess perhaps you and Meryl Streep can weep with nostalgia...for the rest of us it is going to be like finally recovering from the stomach flu. Jan 20 will be a GREAT day!!

  • Rikitikitavi Cardston, Alberta
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:46 a.m.

    Far too few Americans realize that Pres. Obama is of the same mindset as George Soros, denying the exceptionalism of America. Speaking about his accomplishments during eight years to a friendly audience is akin to Meryl Streep speaking similarly to the Golden Globe crowd .

    No one ought to be shocked by the million$ given by Soros to every leftist NGO in the country...all of whose goals were to socialize America, moving the USA further to the left....further from the values of the founding fathers, much to the liking of Obama and the Clinton crowd. Fortunately, beginning with mid-term elections in 2014, America began pushing back and in 2016 flatly rejected everything remotely connected to Obama and Clinton.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:44 a.m.

    re:Esquire

    Sorry friend but the numbers don't support your statements. Let me grade Mr. Obama by REAL measurables not left wing nostalgia.

    The Economy : The GDP averaged at 1% growth and never rose above 2%. Average is 3-4%. Loweset labor participation rate since 1977. Weakest recession recovery since 1980.
    Grade: D

    Health Care: Obamacare -- enough said.
    Grade: F

    Foreign Policy: Russian invaded whenever and where ever they wanted plus they cyber hacked us for 8 years with ZERO response from Mr. Obama. Syria salughtered its people and Obama drew a red line ...then did nothing. ISIS is now in 28 contries ("the JV team). Benghazi.
    Grade: F

    Race Relations: Chicago is a war zone and the vulger hate between races is the worst in my life time. All of this created -- supported -- ignored by Mr. Obama.
    Grade: F

    Military: We are at our weakest level since before WWII thanks to the scale down and complete ignoring by Mr. Obama. The VA scandals are disgraceful. Mr. Obama did allow our seals to get Osama.
    Grade: D

    Honesty: Obamacare lies+ Benghazi lies + the IRS intimidation lies in 2012.
    Grade: F

    Numbers don't lie.

  • Facts are friendly Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:23 a.m.

    Dude is so into his own legacy, he can't even seen his failures.

    Tripled national debt.
    Tripled racial tensions
    Tripled assaults on police officers
    Threw Israel under the bus
    Stoked a new cold war

    Thanks for all you have done Barack...and all you THINK you've done. Go play golf please.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:16 a.m.

    What a stark and refreshing contrast to his incoming successor. Within a year, possibly months or even weeks, America will be feeling a nostalgia for the Obama years.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:16 a.m.

    Lots of tears ...of JOY...from millions of people this Jan 20!!! Finally the 8 year misery is over and the BIG task of Making America Great Again starts!!!

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:12 a.m.

    A great speech from a great President. You can have policy differences (assuming you know what you are talking about), but he has been consistent, a good example on all fronts, and served admirably. He made a difference, despite the hate against him.

  • UtahBlueDevil Lehi Ut & Durham, NC
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:05 a.m.

    "He should be remembered as the Great Divider as he set race relations back by decades."

    I would love to know how "he" did that. Someone doesn't like you because of your party or your race, and somehow that is your fault? Really? Obama just exposed a lot of people's latent feelings they were not willing to say out loud or openly.

    Obama is at fault because the KKK openly came out and supported Trump - regardless if Trump wanted their support or not? Is Trump responsible for the KKKs actions?

    The best thing about what Obama did was he proved that a person of color can achieve even the highest office in this land - regardless of race. It opened a new door for millions of Americans, just like Jackie Robinson did. No longer is there that excuse, or mental block, that you can't achieve. It may be a bit harder, but that door is now open. Lots of people in secession created that opportunity, but it is Obama's election that opened that door.

    Obama didn't cause the race issues. It is those who have a hard time with that door being open that caused the problem.

  • PeggyR Carmichael, CA
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:03 a.m.

    I am appalled at some comments made on other social media, even Mormon media. Thank you Deseret News for warning us to keep it civil. I agreed with President Obama last night that we tend to live in a bubble and only read the "news" that we agree with. I am guilty of that. I find it difficult to talk with my sister who not only voted for Trump but reiterated to me the nasty rhetoric about his opponent that were espoused in the media she listened to. To try to understand her point of view, I turned on Fox News and listened to reports about how the election was going after watching "my" news on MSNBC. What different reports on the same occurrences I heard! I was able to understand why someone I always considered in tune with reality was so off base in supporting Trump (remember these are my thoughts). How to fix this dilemma? Perhaps we should listen to the right and left wing media and try to understand perhaps the truth is in the middle. Or perhaps we should ignore media news and just listen to the actual speakers and go from there. Or perhaps we should do as many, no in fact most registered voters, did and just not pay any attention to any of it and not vote.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:03 a.m.

    Just one more person here that will be relieved that Angry man will be gone. On now to agitate in new venues and organize and rally the slothful of our country.

  • Karen R. Houston, TX
    Jan. 11, 2017 9:02 a.m.

    @ David and Riverton Cougar

    Re: integrity, class or morality...

    Please take the partisan lenses off for just a moment and revisit the Reagan Administration, one of the most scandal-ridden in modern times. And you know what? Despite that fact, the consensus is that Reagan was a pretty good President.

    Wow, imagine that - reality just might not be black and white.

    Another bit of reality: Acknowledging someone's successes/positive aspects doesn't deprive one of the right to harp on their failures/negatives. It can, however, lend some credibility to one's criticisms because - returning to the theme - it acknowledges that reality ISN'T black/white. Suggesting otherwise just makes one appear..."unreasonable" is probably the most diplomatic way of saying it; "childish" less so.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:57 a.m.

    "Thank goodness Obama was elected POTUS at the height of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Obama, his economic team and congress (controlled by Democrats) stabilized the economy and put us back on track."

    Revisionist history at its finest, ladies and gentlemen!

    "Aditionally, millions gained healthcare who had not had it before."

    And the price of health insurance skyrocketed for tens of millions more.

    "We will never forget the pledge by Republican leaders to deny Obama any sucess during his tenure, stonewalling him, and who now seek to undo--wipe away--his successes."

    Obama wasn't exactly opening his arms up to bipartisanship either. He was so divisive.

    But of course you're not going to hold any of that kind of stuff against Trump, now are you?

    And one final thing, in order to wipe away Obama's success, it requires him to have had success in the first place. Of course if your definition of success means diminishing Americans and the Constitution, then the argument could be made that Obama had success, but it also means wiping away that "success" was a good thing.

  • robin138 springfield, VA
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:49 a.m.

    President Obama has done an outstanding job! He saved the world from an economic depression. He saved thousands of American troops. He worked to save the environment. All the while, facing the worst congressional support ever given to the United States President in history. Thank you, President Obama.

  • BlueMoonOden Wilmette, IL
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:44 a.m.

    While he may have been a good man w/class, integrity etc that does not mean he was a good President. Eight years ago he promised to get us out of Iraq; we are still there. He said he would close down Guantanamo; he has not. He was soft on Syria and the Russians have expanded their influence. Both Russia and China have lost respect for America. Socially our country has gone soft with the millennials demanding safe spaces and calling anyone that disagrees with them bigots, sexist etc. There is racial rioting and police being targeted. Yes Obama your two terms have really changed America.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:40 a.m.

    Sorry, but I couldn't bear to watch/listen. He should be remembered as the Great Divider as he set race relations back by decades.

    And how can we ever forget, "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor."?

    For the first time in years some of us now have real hope.

  • Lia Sandy, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:31 a.m.

    God help us moving forward.

  • Onion Daze Payson, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:30 a.m.

    Mr. or Ms. SIMPLICITY discussed the very substantial increase in "the national debt" during Mr. Obama's 8 years.

    Please take into consideration the following:

    A $1,000 dollar weapon of war in 1944 would cost about $13,700 dollars in 2016.

    I recommend DN posters use the "US Inflation Calculator" available on "the net".

    You can type in any year from 1913 to 2015 to get the "inflated" dollar value in 2016.

    Yes there are other factors besides "inflation" that affect the cost of widgets and/or services.

  • Traveller Farmington, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:30 a.m.

    "Get out of your bubbles"? If only you had, Mr. President. I only you had...

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:14 a.m.

    Thank goodness Obama was elected POTUS at the height of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. Obama, his economic team and congress (controlled by Democrats) stabilized the economy and put us back on track. Aditionally, millions gained healthcare who had not had it before.

    We will never forget the lack of respect Obama endured as few to no Republican leaders defended his U.S. citizenship status, (while Democratic leaders passed a resolution affirming John McCain's citizenship when questions were raised in 2008).

    We will never forget the pledge by Republican leaders to deny Obama any sucess during his tenure, stonewalling him, and who now seek to undo--wipe away--his successes.

    Thank you Pres. Obama!

  • mohokat Ogden, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:12 a.m.

    As he wiped make believe tears from his face these words could be heard.
    I would like to thank the Academy..........

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 8:03 a.m.

    A scion of family values, virtue and class. And a great speech last night.
    We'll miss him.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    Jan. 11, 2017 7:42 a.m.

    Didn't watch the speech. More important things to do. I learned a number of years ago that I did not have to watch President Obama's speeches to know what Obama said. I (and most Americans) pretty much know beforehand what he is going to say.

    I have better sources than President Obama's speeches to find inspiration for my life.

    I agree with many of the general philosophical things the president says. But, unfortunately, I did not see much action or follow-through for the past 8 years. And most of his rhetorical promises and guarantees turned out to be just that.

    I now see President Obama wanting to transition to type of Martin Luther King, Jr. figure in the post-presidency. Not sure how Al Sharpton will feel about sharing that stage with Mr. Obama.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 7:36 a.m.

    "Doubtful we will ever see such a President with such integrity, class and morality in our lifetime again."

    I certainly hope we don't see a President with Obama's integrity, class, and morality for a long time, and we'd be better for it.

    "From the brink of a global depression to one of the lowest unemployments in modern history."

    Um.... have you been paying attention to our economic growth? Only president in modern history to never exceed 3% growth in a year (wow, what a booming "recovery"!). Glad you have your misrepresentational unemployment numbers to help you feel better, because the truth doesn't look good.

    "And thank you for your leadership on the environment."

    Like with Solyndra? And I hate to break it to you, but spending billions to "save the planet" isn't going to alter the earth's natural climate cycles, but it is going to hurt our economy.

    "Well done sir."

    Well done indeed, Jimmy Carter breaths a sigh of relief that he gets to see the day that he's NOT considered the worst president in modern history!

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 7:08 a.m.

    If the hyper-corrupt Trump actually takes the oath of office, the Obama years will be "the good old days."

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 7:06 a.m.

    Gotta give the man credit - he gives good speeches.

    He could sell ice to eskimos.

    Unfortunately, his speeches bear little resemblance to reality.

  • Moderate Thinking Logan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 6:29 a.m.

    I didn't always agree with him. But I liked him. He was a good man, and I believe has America's best interests at heart. Particularly given what awaits on our horizon, we will miss him. Thank you, President Obama.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 5:59 a.m.

    @David - Jan. 10, 2017 9:16 p.m.

    ...I hope Republicans also recognize that if Russia does have incriminating information regarding Trump's personal and financial dealings, that this would cast doubt upon Trump's actions as president. If Trump is easy on Russia, is it because of information Russia has that would be embarrassing or even illegal? Will Trump give Russia a pass when Russia continues to back Iran and Hezbollah? If Russia supports violence against Israel, will Trump instruct the US to support our greatest ally in the Middle East? Or will he turn a blind eye, fearful of what might be released?
    ...
    These questions are serious and must be taken seriously. Trump cannot disregard information our intelligence agencies have. These agencies have a job--to protect America's interests. Does Trump?

    ---------------------

    Actually I think the agencies' most important job now is to protect us from Trump and his conflicts of interest. A compromised Trump is a danger to all of us.

  • Furry1993 Ogden, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 4:03 a.m.

    He is much better than the President that preceded him, and infinitely better than the titular head of the US government that will succeed him. I just hope we can find someone to succeed that titular head and, by cleaning up after him, then make America great again. It certainly won't be great thanks to that incoming titular government head.

  • Jim Chee Ka'anapali, HI
    Jan. 11, 2017 12:44 a.m.

    Wonderful speech. Inspirational and visionary.

    Barack Obama is a model for us all. We need to get engaged and work to maintain our democracy, protecting it from forces that would do us ill. The rights of everyone need to be valued. The diminishment of any one person is a diminishment of us all. This is the basis of our Constitution created by men who had their flaws, but recognized a new way forward.

  • Hope & Faith give us strength Utah County, UT
    Jan. 11, 2017 12:44 a.m.

    Obama and I don't see eye to eye on the meaning of morality and freedom, even the United States Constitution itself. Then again, neither do a few judges. But as a follower of Jesus Christ, as a Mormon, as a conservative, and as a fellow American and human being, I do believe in paying him respect. I tried his best to serve his country. That's something worth recognizing. The days of me being happy with anything that goes on in D.C. are long gone, and were before this election. But I can still thank him. I can still support singing for Trump.

    As a member of the LDS Church, I believe such respect is deserved of anyone who takes the oath and fills the office, however imperfect or disagreeable they are to myself or others.

  • SIMPLICITY Denver, CO
    Jan. 10, 2017 11:33 p.m.

    Yes we can, Yes we did...

    More than doubled the national debt of all previous presidents combined, and in only 8 years. What an embarrassment. Bankrupting the USA, yes you can obama.

    Don't start with bipartisan politics. Both Bush's and Clinton were failures too. Will we ever get a leader that ends the federal reserve which saves our currency??

    Probably not...

    The USA is better than this. The USA won't continue to survive this.

  • Onion Daze Payson, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 11:12 p.m.

    The correct quote was

    "Yes we can."

    No question mark in it "Bluto"

  • Bluto Sandy, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 10:53 p.m.

    Yes we can?

    No you didn't !

    There you go, I fixed it for you Mr. President.

  • Ophelia Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 10:04 p.m.

    President Obama will be respected and revered even more as the next few years unfold. I'm grateful for his example as an honorable President, a faithful husband, and a loving father.

  • Mick Murray, Utah
    Jan. 10, 2017 9:43 p.m.

    FT-

    That was hilarious. You were kidding right?

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 9:23 p.m.

    FT,

    I don't know about integrity, class or morality. Obama lied when he talked about the ACA saving the American familiy $2500/month. Really? I currently pay that much in health insurance premiums (3 years ago I paid $1200/month). He lied when he promised no tax increase associated with Obamacare for those making under $250K. And he knew he was lieing.

    Obama lied about keeping your insurance. I lost mine and got stuck with a higher premium and a higher deductible.

    Obama was blind when he dismissed Romney's warning about Russia geopolitical threat.

    Obama increased racial tensions in the US by accusing police departments and individuals who were later proven innocent.

    Obama hurt the middle class and small business, hurting the American economy. We endured the slowest recovery of a recession...ever, under Obama.

    Now if you want to state that Obama had good intent, I will believe that. But his intent was not to help all Americans. It was to help a segment of America.

  • Granny Saint George, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 9:22 p.m.

    FT: Please tell me you are kidding...

  • David Centerville, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 9:16 p.m.

    For Democrats it is obvious. I hope Republicans also recognize that if Russia does have incriminating information regarding Trump's personal and financial dealings, that this would cast doubt upon Trump's actions as president. If Trump is easy on Russia, is it because of information Russia has that would be embarrassing or even illegal? Will Trump give Russia a pass when Russia continues to back Iran and Hezbollah? If Russia supports violence against Israel, will Trump instruct the US to support our greatest ally in the Middle East? Or will he turn a blind eye, fearful of what might be released?

    Does this not weaken the US, if true?

    For your information, I am a conservative. These questions are serious and must be taken seriously. Trump cannot disregard information our intelligence agencies have. These agencies have a job--to protect America's interests. Does Trump?

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 10, 2017 9:12 p.m.

    Doubtful we will ever see such a President with such integrity, class and morality in our lifetime again. A role model for our children. From the brink of a global depression to one of the lowest unemployments in modern history. And thank you for your leadership on the environment. Well done sir.