President Barack Obama in his final address as President today, cautioned against everything that incoming president Donald Trump publicly espoused, including anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-women, anti-gay, pro-Russian and pro-rich sentiments.
In his farewell speech, Obama said goodbye to the nation against the backdrop of one of the most corrosive elections in U.S. history.
“We weaken those ties when we allow our political dialogue to become so corrosive that people of good character aren’t even willing to enter public service; so coarse with rancor that Americans with whom we disagree are not just misguided, but somehow malevolent,” Obama said.
“We weaken those ties when we define some of us as more American than others; when we write off the whole system as inevitably corrupt, and blame the leaders we elect without examining our own role in electing them.”
Earlier, as the crowd of thousands chanted, “Four more years,” he simply smiled and said, “I can’t do that.”
The US President stressed the importance of economic and social equality, not for a select few, but for all. Again here, the reference was to Trump who has talked about Mexican immigrants being “rapists”, about building a wall “to keep out Mexicans” and even about banning Muslims from entering the US. That last election promise of Trump’s has watered down some, since he was elected November 8.
Obama also talked about foreign policy and how foreign powers can also be a threat to US democracy.