America’s not losing a president – it’s gaining a national community organizer.
President Obama used his last weekly address of 2016 to both praise his achievements and signal his intention to actively protect his legacy.
“And as I prepare to take on the even more important role of citizen, know that I will be there with you every step of the way to ensure that this country forever strives to live up to the incredible promise of our founding – that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve every chance to live out our dreams,” he said.
It’s not the first time Obama has indicated he will remain actively involved in the nation’s politics.
In March, he announced he and his family would remain in Washington “a couple of years so Sasha can finish [school]. Transferring someone in the middle of high school — tough.” Indeed, the Obamas have already arranged for housing in Washington’s upscale Kalorama neighborhood.
Following the November election, Obama reassured disheartened supporters he intended to use his time in D.C. defending the Democrats’ agenda.
“I promise you that next year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are going to start parting and the sun is going to come back out, and we’re going to be busy, involved in the amazing stuff that we’ve been doing all these years before,” he said.
If Obama follows through, he could end up very busy.
President-elect Trump has already gathered an impressive team of advisers and potential cabinet officials who are targeting federal regulations that have proved a drag on economic growth, reported The Hill. Much of the post-election stock-market jump has been attributed to manufacturers and other industries anticipating a more favorable business climate. Obamacare and Obama’s climate policies will be primary targets for reduction and elimination.
In early December rumors swirled that Obama was also considering a digital-media career when he left office – something the White House denied. It fed into Obama’s own criticism of so-called “fake news” made in a November speech at the University of Pittsburgh.
“It used to be there were three television stations and Walter Cronkite is on there and not everybody agreed, and there were always outliers who thought that it was all propaganda, and we didn’t really land on the Moon, and Elvis is still alive, and so forth,” Obama said. “But, generally, that was in the papers that you bought at the supermarket right as you were checking out. And generally, people trusted a basic body of information …
“But there has to be, I think, some sort of way in which we can sort through information that passes some basic truthiness tests and those that we have to discard because they just don’t have any basis in anything that’s actually happening in the world,” he added. “And that’s hard to do, but I think it’s going to be necessary, it’s going to be possible. I think the answer is obviously not censorship, but it’s creating places where people can say, this is reliable and I’m still able to argue about – safely – about facts and what we should do about it while still – not just making stuff up.”
If Obama is forsaking the idea of his own media venture to protect his legacy, there’s always Twitter, which President Trump will most certainly be using to rally support for dismantling it.