— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) January 9, 2017
She asked everyone to practice empathy and to allow freedom of press as a check on our government, as our founding fathers had allowed. https://t.co/xRYLC7s1PI
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 9, 2017
This evening at 9pmEST, President Obama will deliver his farewell address. Per the Washington Post:
… In his weekly Saturday address, the president alluded to the special feeling he has for Chicago. It’s where he came of age personally and politically. He started his public service career there, first as a community organizer before launching the political career that would take him from the Illinois state Senate (after he lost a U.S. House race) to the U.S. Senate and ultimately to the White House as the first black man to occupy the Oval Office. Chicago is also where Obama met and married his wife, Michelle, who is Chicago born and raised. Their daughters Malia and Sasha were born there, too…
Presidents give farewell addresses primarily to reflect on their achievements during their four or eight years, sometimes even including expressions of regret for promises left unfulfilled, said Marc Selverstone, associate professor at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, which studies the presidency.
The speeches are also used to raise warning flags about specific policies.
Obama’s address is likely to issue some warnings about the politics of his successor, Donald Trump. The Republican president-elect has pledged to overturn much of what Obama put in place, including the Affordable Care Act, executive orders on immigration and other issues, and environmental regulations, among them.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest says Obama wants to give a “forward-looking speech” that will examine U.S. progress during his tenure, but that he also wants to spend time talking about the challenges ahead and what he thinks is necessary to confront them. He also wants to thank the American people for putting their trust in him, Earnest says…
Along with the usual media venues, it will be livestreamed at WhiteHouse.gov.
And in the happy news category, the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) “is pushing back at a news report that the transition team for president-elect Donald Trump plans to remove the heads of the agency when he takes office.” So I guess Cole’s raised garden beds are safe, for the moment.
Apart from planning your evening watching / commenting, what’s on the agenda for the day?
Click on the blue link at the end of the following tweet, and you will be rewarded:
Trump names conflict-plagued son-in-law as Senior Advisor because he is https://t.co/avNJwEt1P2
— Matt Ortega (@MattOrtega) January 9, 2017