In the 53-minute production, we were treated to poetic and hopeful rhetoric delivered in the cadence we've come to expect. But the anticipated speech quickly became a lecture on how Americans should behave without him.
Yes, there is division. And yes, we should be able to disagree in an agreeable way. But what he asked of us does not mimic his approach of the past eight years.
Obama said a lot in 53 minutes, but what I heard was: "Do as I say, not as I do."
(President-elect Trump received this same bit of advice a few weeks ago.)
Obama spoke about a "common purpose," reminded us that democracy isn't about "uniformity," and encouraged agreeable disagreement. All of this is praiseworthy advice, unless you consider the tone of his leadership for the past eight years: more executive orders, less group hugs.
Fortunately for Obama, he's a great public speaker. So don't misunderstand, there was good in his performance.
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