In his Saturday weekly address, President Obama offered a glimpse of what he will be speaking about in his upcoming Farewell Address to the Nation -- namely, his legacy and how there hasn’t been one like it in 100 years.
This week, Obama will do what all presidents since George Washington have done: deliver a farewell address to the American people.
“On Tuesday night, in Chicago, I’ll deliver mine,” Obama said. “I chose Chicago not only because it’s my hometown – where I met my wife and we started a family – but also because it’s really where my career in public service began.”
From a conservative’s perspective, Chicago really is a perfect choice. With its crime rate and resulting death toll leaving the Democrat-controlled city in embarrassing shambles, it’s the perfect parallel to the America we’re left with after eight years of Obama’s Democratic rule.
But that’s not the story he will tell. His legacy is more important to him than the job of the presidency:
Over the past eight years, we’ve added our own new chapter to that story.
Together, we’ve turned an economy that was shrinking and losing jobs into one that’s growing and creating jobs, with poverty falling, incomes rising, and wages that have jumped faster over the past few years than at any time in the past four decades.
Together, we’ve achieved what eluded politicians of both parties for a century – we’ve moved 20 million more Americans from uninsured to insured, ended the days of discrimination against the up to half of Americans who have a preexisting condition, and secured new rights and protections for everybody with health insurance.
And that's not all, there was the killing of Osama Bin Laden, opening up Cuba, and “shut[ting] down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a single shot,” and the Paris climate change agreement. There are many that disagree with the effectiveness, especially with those last two, but we are promised to be reminded of those achievements and more in his farewell address.
"We [he?] have made America a better, stronger place," Obama said.