In the self aggrandizing style Americans have come to know so well, Barack Obama tried to sell us the falsehood that he is leaving behind a more prosperous and safer country than the one he inherited. Apparently the almost out-the-door president forgot about San Bernardino, Orlando, the Boston Marathon, Fort Hood and other radical Islamic inspired carnage. He’s a busy man after all. So many golf courses, so little time. Still blaming George W. Bush after eight long years in the White House, he claimed, “Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than it was eight years ago.” His bowing to foreign heads of state, despots and tyrants must have worked.
Counting as positives, issues most Americans view as costly blunders or outright failures, Obama touted lower unemployment numbers, reflecting Labor Secretary Tom Perez’ new smoke and mirrors calculating practices, which no longer count those who want to work but are unable to find employment. They are now booted off the list after four weeks.
In citing a tripling of the stock market, Obama neglected to attribute the rise corresponding to the election of Donald Trump, whose message of bringing jobs back to the U.S., resonates with the American people, giving them renewed hope. Obama claimed 20 million more Americans are now covered since he force fed them ObamaCare “affordable health care” coverage — based on continually repeated lies and with unaffordable premiums. Here in Arizona the costs are set to escalate 116%.
On the issue of foreign policy, Obama actually said he “de-escalated” the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan” and has forged new relationships with Iran and Cuba. Forging relationships with brutal dictators committed to terrorism and the annihilation of Israel is his curious description of paying the brutal Iranian regime off with $150 billion, allowing them nuclear capabilities and lying about doing so. To this day, Obama refuses to utter the words “Islamic terrorism.” Cuba? Ninety miles off the coast of Florida, Cuba is still under the oppressive thumb of Communism, but Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Castrophile, was all too happy to accompany Obama to the island nation and plant a big wet smooch on Raul Castro‘s red derrière.
Of course, Obama mentioned his climate deal to combat what he calls “man-made climate change,” and numerous scientists discount as a cyclical phenomena, primarily caused by natural process. America would have to make major and costly concessions while countries such as China and India, called “emerging nations,” have no stringent markers to meet.
Obama restated his belief that the Russians were responsible for the hacks into Democrat Party emails but said they did not affect voting machines or the election outcome. “This was not some elaborate, complicated espionage scheme,” he said, though he berated the media for its thorough coverage of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s embarrassing emails.
He called the unexpected Trump victory and Hillary’s crushing defeat, “a fascinating election.”
Obama praised Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who is running for chairman of the Democrat National Committee. “He is tireless; he is wicked smart,” Obama said. “Wicked” is not normally regarded as a compliment, but Democrats view their world through a unique prism. Arizonans remember Perez as the wicked one who targeted Sheriff Joe Arpaio for enforcing the law.
During Obama’s comments, a female reporter collapsed in a faint and his personal physician — just down the hall —- was called in to assist her. She regained consciousness as she was taken out of the room and able to breathe fresh air.
The news conference was the last one before the Obama family and entourage depart for its annual Hawaiian vacation. Unable to wish the American people a Merry Christmas, Barack Obama reverted to Hawaiian, bidding all a “Mele Kalikimaka.”
H/T Politico: The full transcript can be read here