Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Yes, again

From President Barack Obama’s farewell address: “Yes, we can. Yes, we did. Yes, we can.”

I take that to mean that the effort begins anew.

What I most noticed in Obama’s words: echoes of Bernie Sanders, the invoking of Atticus Finch in the call for people to understand the other person’s point of view, and the reminder that younger Americans will soon outnumber “all of us” and will have the future in their hands. Here come 2018 and 2020.

The New York Times has the text as prepared. You can watch at YouTube if you missed it.

comments: 4

Richard Henderson said...

THank you for this most necessary post, Prof. Leddy.

Michael Leddy said...

You’re welcome, Richard. I’m looking for all the alternatives to despair I can get.

Diane Schirf said...

Here's the man I've seen called an out-of-touch elitist by people 600 miles away who seem to know him better than his own family and neighbors:

http://chicago.eater.com/2017/1/11/14237750/barack-obama-favorite-chicago-diner-valois-hyde-park-nbc-interview-farewell-speech

Michael Leddy said...

The Valois is in a New York Times article too. But I think the reporter confused 57th Books with the Seminary Co-op. The latter is (or was) really the “underground maze,” don’t you think?