The fever swamps of the left were eager for Obama’s final press conference of the year. Would the CIA’s leaks about Russian hacking force the President to disrupt the transition? The Electoral College meets Monday — could Obama give them all the intelligence? Would Obama refuse to relinquish power to that borscht-slurping Putin stooge tweeting at 4 a.m. from Trump Tower?
Obama press conference tomorrow will be the biggest event in American history… If he does what it’s looking like. I’d watch.
— David Yankovich (@DavidYankovich) December 15, 2016
They were sorely disappointed.
Obama instead gave another tedious, blame-shifting performance. Packing five minutes of content into an hour and 26 minutes of podium time, Obama began by outlining what a wonderful President he’s been. He fixed the financial crisis, unemployment, Iran, healthcare, energy dependence, Cuba, the stock market, and war itself.
He repeated his lawyerly assertion that during his tenure, “no foreign terrorist organization has successfully executed an attack on our homeland that was directed from overseas.” Before viewers could diagram that sentence, he tossed in a bald-faced lie. “Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago.” Admirably, the press didn’t laugh as hard as the viewers at home.
And then there was a pre-Festivus Airing of Grievances. Any discord in America or the world was due to Republicans, Assad, fake news, the DNC, guns, Putin, the press, Wikileaks, Hillary, or Iran (wait, I thought he fixed Iran).
But to the chagrin of progressives, Obama deflated their case to somehow invalidate the election.
“With respect to the transition, I think [the Trump team] would be the first to acknowledge that we have done everything we can to make sure that they are successful, as I promised, and that will continue,” the President said. He also noted that the DNC hack was widely reported months before the election.
Obama assured reporters that he took aggressive action to ensure other hacks wouldn’t affect Election Day. “In early September when I saw President Putin in China, I felt that the most effective way to ensure that that did not happen was to talk to him directly and tell him to cut it out…”
Rather than calling for more agitation, Obama recommended that Hillary voters accept their loss. “What I think is important for the Democratic Party is going forward, rather than try to parse every aspect of the election.”
This indeed was the most historic press conference of history
Hindsight will show this as the moment Obama’s legacy ended & he walked away.
— David Yankovich (@DavidYankovich) December 16, 2016
At 6 p.m., President Obama and his family boarded Air Force One for a long vacation in Hawaii.