Former President Obama gave what some of his supporters are calling a fiery speech at the University of Illinois on Friday. Some conservatives, well, fell asleep.
Those who watched the speech noticed an odd trend throughout its entirety.
Obama referenced someone more than 100 times in his speech: himself.
From the American Mirror:
And while Obama found plenty of time to denigrate Republicans for allegedly stoking fear during these “dangerous” and “extraordinary times,” he also dedicated a lot of his speech to patting himself on the back for everything from the improving economy to supposedly helping to heal the country’s racial divisions.
All told, the former president referred to himself – I, My, Me – more than 102 times in about 64 minutes, while simultaneously engaging in the type political pot shots he criticized Republicans for.
Obama’s favorite word seemed to be “I,” which he repeated at least 87 times, followed by more than a dozen references to “my” or “me.”
Take a look at this:
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 8, 2018
At @FoxNews for @foxandfriends at 920a ET talking politics of the day & Obama’s lecture (within which, btw, he referred to himself 102 times in 64 minutes). Some things never change… 😂 https://t.co/bqqV7QoarO
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) September 8, 2018
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) September 8, 2018
🙊 I, My, Me – 102 Times In 64 Minutes 🙉 https://t.co/Kl03XfN7uM
— Robbin Young (@Robbin_Young) September 7, 2018
From ABC News:
For the first time in a public speech leaving office, Obama publicly said the words, “Donald Trump” -– twice, though he made no mention of his title as the nation’s president.
And Obama went on from there, calling Trump out over “cozying up to Putin,” for not standing up to “Nazi sympathizers,” for attacking the press, for directing his own Justice Department to show political deference, and for costing us “honesty and decency and lawfulness in our government.”
In many ways, Obama spoke beyond Trump — calling him the “symptom not the cause” of a broader crisis in American democracy – indicting the Republican Party for what he described as timidity in failing to reject the politics of conspiracy theories and resentments.
“It’s not conservative,” Obama said. “It isn’t normal. It’s radical.”
Besides repeatedly mentioning himself and his own accomplishments, Obama encouraged the students and other attendees at the event to vote and said that is the best way to protest governments. He said going to the polls will have more of an impact than crying or screaming, trending a new hashtag, putting their head in the sand, or “binging.”
Check it out:
“Don’t tell me your vote doesn’t matter,” Obama said, as the American Mirror reports. “And if you thought elections don’t matter, I hope these last two years have corrected the impression.”
“Just a glance at recent headlines should tell you that this moment really is different, the stakes really are higher, the consequences of any of sitting on the sidelines are more dire,” Obama continued.
“This whole project of self-government only works if everyone’s doing their part. So if you don’t like what’s going on right now, and you shouldn’t, do not complain, don’t hashtag, don’t get anxious, don’t retreat, don’t binge on whatever it is you’re binging on. Don’t lose yourself in ironic detachment, don’t put your head in the sand, don’t boo. Vote.”
“…the best way to protest is to vote,” Obama concluded.