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2017-01-10 07:09:07 AM  
Good riddance.
 
2017-01-10 07:17:38 AM  
Bummed I wasn't able to get a ticket.
 
2017-01-10 07:30:34 AM  
Teapublicans won't like the headline.
 
2017-01-10 09:12:57 AM  
It was nice to have a president who was smart, well-spoken and presentable.
We're going to miss that a lot over the next couple of years.
 
2017-01-10 11:46:01 AM  
In the long arc of history, both Bushes, Clinton and Obama will all be regarded as minor "placeholder" presidents who bided time between the great Reagan and Trump epochs.

/Years from now, the only enduring memory of the past quarter century politics will be of a cum stained blue dress
// A crappy legacy for four crappy presidents
 
2017-01-10 11:57:11 AM  

knbber2: Good riddance.


img.fark.net
 
2017-01-10 12:05:39 PM  
I mean, there's only been 2 this millennium.......

/ I still say Ike was the last great president
 
2017-01-10 12:11:21 PM  
After that, I assume he's headed over to my house to take away my guns, because he's running out of time.
 
2017-01-10 12:27:46 PM  
Godspeed, President Farewell.
 
2017-01-10 12:32:51 PM  
Best President in my lifetime so far... not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but he took the wheel after 8 disastrous years of W and turned things around with zero help from the GOP, so all things considered... Not too bad.

Now let's watch the GOP and Trump fark up what little progress we've made... : /
 
2017-01-10 12:35:05 PM  

Il Douchey: In the long arc of history, both Bushes, Clinton and Obama will all be regarded as minor "placeholder" presidents who bided time between the great Reagan and Trump epochs.

/Years from now, the only enduring memory of the past quarter century politics will be of a cum stained blue dress
// A crappy legacy for four crappy presidents


I can never tell one someone is joking, trolling or just a moron so I don't reply to these sorts of posts.
 
2017-01-10 12:56:45 PM  
The GOP can only hope they have as great a Democrat as Obama around to pull their fat out of the fryer after the coming Trumputin disaster. The Orange Shiat Tweeter makes W look like Thomas Jefferson, get ready for epic, impeachable corruption the likes of which we've never seen.
 
2017-01-10 01:01:05 PM  
I'm getting a little choked up ahead of time.
 
2017-01-10 01:05:21 PM  
I look forward to comparing Obama's farewell address to Trump's.

If they allow cameras in prison.
 
2017-01-10 01:05:24 PM  
I'm just going to leave this here...

Brief article explaining the financial crisis timeline, which started on Feb of 2007.

A link showing the fear and panic from a few newspaper headlines during the financial crisis.

Obama took over the White House 01/20/2009 with the financial crisis in full mode. On the same day, GOP members met for a 4-hour dinner to discuss a plot campaign of obstruction against Obama. Party over country.

The US GDP performance started to go into positive ground soon after... and basically remained in positive territory throughout his administration.
img.fark.net

Consumer confident at a 9-year high
img.fark.net

US corporate profits after tax were soon heading for all-time highs.
img.fark.net

Private jobs during the Obama Administration has seen positive growth or over 75 months now (slightly outdated graph).
img.fark.net

Unemployment claims has been dropping, especially since the start of the stimulus.
img.fark.net

Unemployment claims for the last 40 years or so...
img.fark.net

US stock markets performance during the Obama Administration...
DOW in 01/20/2009: 7,949.09
DOW in 01/05/2017: 19,899.29
Rate of Return: 150.33%

S&P 500 in 01/20/2009: 805.22
S&P 500 in 01/05/2017: 2,269.00
Rate of Return: 181.79%

NASDAQ in 01/20/2009: 1,440.86
NASDAQ in 01/05/2017: 5,487.94
Rate of Return: 280.88%



US stock markets performance since hitting the bottom on March 9th of 2009...
DOW in 03/09/2009: 6,547.05
DOW in 01/05/2017: 19,899.29
Rate of Return: 203.94%

S&P 500 in 03/09/2009: 676.53
S&P 500 in 01/05/2017: 2,269.00
Rate of Return: 235.39%

NASDAQ in 03/09/2009: 1,268.64
NASDAQ in 01/05/2017: 5,487.94
Rate of Return: 332.58%



Comparing unemployment rate fluctuation between President Bush and President Obama.
Bush
01/20/2001: 4.2%
01/20/2009: 7.8%
Unemployment Rate Change: 85.71% Increase

Obama
01/20/2009: 7.8%
Currently: 4.7%
Unemployment Rate Change: -39.74% Decrease


Comparing unemployment rate fluctuation from their first budgeted year.
Bush
01/01/2002: 5.7%
12/31/2009: 9.9%
Unemployment Rate Change: 73.68% Increase

Obama
01/01/2010: 9.9%
Currently: 4.7%
Unemployment Rate Change: -52.53% Decrease


Unemployment rate was trending up steeply when Obama took over the White House. The trend started to go down soon after...
img.fark.net

...Even though The Senate has filibustered any bill that could help the economy and the employment situation.
img.fark.net

Or having Eric Cantor and other GOP members discussing in late 2008 (before Obama even took over the WH) that if Obama is for it, we have to be against it.

A list of a few jobs bills the GOP-led Senate have blocked

One in particular that should offend our troops coming back since it seems the GOP-led Senate were too busy blocking a veterans jobs bill.

Or having Mitch McConnell Admits That Republicans Took America Hostage and that his number one priority is to make sure President Obama is a one-term president... instead of focusing what his party could do to help with the economic crisis.

Or the Tea Party Nation urged small business owners to not hire people in order to make Obama look bad

Or when a company with company policies about not hiring until Obama is gone based on nothing to do with the basic supply and demand process for his business goods.

Or having the GOP blocked a 10 percent tax break for small businesses that hires new employees.

Even so, the job market did improve, as these old links prove. I included them on purpose to show that the job recovery has been happening for a while now. Read all about it...

Private-sector job growth biggest in 3 years

Stealth signs of a stronger job market

Biggest unemployment rate improvement in nearly 28 years

Small businesses ramp up jobs

Jobs: 2 hopeful signs

Stealth jobs boom: 6 months, 2 million jobs

Jobless claims plunged last week to a nearly four-year low

Manufacturing jobs boom is for real


If you are unemployed or underemployed, you don't have a 4 year degree (or higher) and blame Obama for your situation, then maybe you should get a college degree. The unemployment rate for people with 4 (or more) years is less than 3%. Get a degree. It is not the Government's fault you don't have the necessary skills to compete in today's world. The Government can even help you pay for it (via student loans, grants, GI Bill etc.).
img.fark.net

Housing market is recovering...
img.fark.net

Foreclosures are down as well...
img.fark.net

Average weekly paychecks have improved...
img.fark.net

Inflation has been under control...
img.fark.net

Manufacturing has started to go up...
img.fark.net

Car sales are trending up...
img.fark.net
 
2017-01-10 01:06:14 PM  
Thanks Obama
 
2017-01-10 01:09:23 PM  

Print'sNotDead: The GOP can only hope they have as great a Democrat as Obama around to pull their fat out of the fryer after the coming Trumputin disaster. The Orange Shiat Tweeter makes W look like Thomas Jefferson, get ready for epic, impeachable corruption the likes of which we've never seen.


you see that rushing in like an out of control freight train too, so you.

Brace for impact. It won't be pretty. At all.
 
2017-01-10 01:12:32 PM  
It is a day or mourning as far as I'm concerned, when you know the incoming president is a hideous treasonous narcissistic, irrational crook who has put on his cabinet a ravenous hoarse of plunder monkeys.

Whatever your political views nobody can dispute that Obama is a rational player

Yeah. There is a LOT to mourn.
 
2017-01-10 01:24:02 PM  

hugram: I'm just going to leave this here...


So what you're saying is, that the Bush recovery happened.  And, like all great Republican economic plans, happened during a Democratic president's term.
 
2017-01-10 01:34:03 PM  

keylock71: Best President in my lifetime so far... not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but he took the wheel after 8 disastrous years of W and turned things around with zero help from the GOP, so all things considered... Not too bad.

Now let's watch the GOP and Trump fark up what little progress we've made... : /


Yep, pretty much.
I don't want to watch his speech, I'll just cry.
 
2017-01-10 02:13:01 PM  
The last bongo is about to be farted.
 
2017-01-10 02:13:33 PM  
Aside from all the metrics which prove with documented data that he was a very good president, there is the intangible qualities that I will miss.  The cool under pressure, the calm hand, the lack of a "panic switch."  And he exhibited this after he was handed an economy in freefall and 2 shiatstorm wars started by certifiable war criminals.  The disrespect his was dished, by media and in unprecedented form by Republicans surely fazed him, but he never let it show.  The only time I saw him really falter was during his first debate with Romney.  I have to wonder if he himself was wondering if putting up with all that shiat at that time was worth it.  I'm glad he decided it was.
 
2017-01-10 02:14:34 PM  

keylock71: Best President in my lifetime so far... not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but he took the wheel after 8 disastrous years of W and turned things around with zero help from the GOP, so all things considered... Not too bad.

Now let's watch the GOP and Trump fark up what little progress we've made... : /


And his own party practically disowned him in both 2010 and 2014.

That's really the one bipartisan position both parties' leaderships have shared: They never respected or appreciated Obama as a statesman, making his tenure more troublesome than it should have been.
 
2017-01-10 02:47:55 PM  

hammettman: Aside from all the metrics which prove with documented data that he was a very good president, there is the intangible qualities that I will miss.  The cool under pressure, the calm hand, the lack of a "panic switch."  And he exhibited this after he was handed an economy in freefall and 2 shiatstorm wars started by certifiable war criminals.  The disrespect his was dished, by media and in unprecedented form by Republicans surely fazed him, but he never let it show.  The only time I saw him really falter was during his first debate with Romney.  I have to wonder if he himself was wondering if putting up with all that shiat at that time was worth it.  I'm glad he decided it was.


I watched his long interview with Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

He has such an ease in character and speaking.  Never sounds rehearsed.  Never makes me feel like he's trying to manipulate.  Natural.  Comfortable in his own skin.  Visibly aware of his station and responsibilities -- their joys, their challenges, and their weight.  Thoughtful.

I do think he "tells it like is" - he speaks from his heart.

If Trump is speaking from his heart (which I don't buy for a nanosecond), his heart is very, VERY different from Obama's.
 
2017-01-10 03:03:18 PM  

Diogenes: I watched his long interview with Stephanopoulos on Sunday.


Big Bird's imaginary friend?

/shiat, just realized there's nothing on tv because of this
//network anyway
///movie night
 
2017-01-10 03:11:24 PM  
He has easily been the best president of my lifetime thus far. He's smart, capable, funny, and articulate amongst many other good things. He certainly wasn't perfect, but I think he did the best he could with what he had, and the active obstruction from the GOP for the entirety of his presidency. His presidency has also been scandal free, and watching him speak, even when I didn't agree with him, made me proud to be an American.

Godspeed Mr. President, and thank you for your service.
 
2017-01-10 03:15:40 PM  

D_PaulAngel: His presidency has also been scandal free


WHAT? He thinks there are 57 states!
 
2017-01-10 03:23:36 PM  

D_PaulAngel:  His presidency has also been scandal free


Perhaps you forgot about his $200M per day trip to India.
 
2017-01-10 03:43:36 PM  
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2017-01-10 03:53:15 PM  

Uncle Eazy: D_PaulAngel:  His presidency has also been scandal free

Perhaps you forgot about his $200M per day trip to India.


Nope. I just wasn't enough to believe that now, any more than I was then.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver/2010/11/obamas_india_trip
 
2017-01-10 03:59:54 PM  
www.zerohedge.com
 
2017-01-10 04:16:32 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-01-10 04:39:05 PM  
He's black, doesn't count.
 
2017-01-10 05:18:27 PM  

iheartscotch: I mean, there's only been 2 this millennium.......

/ I still say Ike was the last great president


TR.

Last wimpy bookreader nerd to get into the White House.
 
2017-01-10 05:19:15 PM  

Print'sNotDead: The GOP can only hope they have as great a Democrat as Obama around to pull their fat out of the fryer after the coming Trumputin disaster. The Orange Shiat Tweeter makes W look like Thomas Jefferson, get ready for epic, impeachable corruption the likes of which we've never seen.


Followed by the Sons of Jacob.
 
2017-01-10 05:21:02 PM  

Sid_6.7: [www.zerohedge.com image 500x752]


Why, норе is Russian for 'burrow'!!1!! OMG!! Obama has been a seekrit Russian mole all this time! How could we be so foolish.

/thanks, Obama
//he'll be missed
 
2017-01-10 05:25:58 PM  

Print'sNotDead: The GOP can only hope they have as great a Democrat as Obama around to pull their fat out of the fryer after the coming Trumputin disaster. The Orange Shiat Tweeter makes W look like Thomas Jefferson, get ready for epic, impeachable corruption the likes of which we've never seen.


My guess is that Trump will be the first president to be impeached because he lacks the humility or awareness to realize that he's in too deep.
 
2017-01-10 05:35:34 PM  

Mugato: Diogenes: I watched his long interview with Stephanopoulos on Sunday.

Big Bird's imaginary friend?

/shiat, just realized there's nothing on tv because of this
//network anyway
///movie night


Agents of SHIELD is still on tonight, fwiw.
 
2017-01-10 05:43:28 PM  

hugram: I'm just going to leave this here...

Brief article explaining the financial crisis timeline, which started on Feb of 2007.

A link showing the fear and panic from a few newspaper headlines during the financial crisis...


tl;dr
 
2017-01-10 05:49:17 PM  

germ78: My guess is that Trump will be the first president to be impeached because he lacks the humility or awareness to realize that he's in too deep.


Two presidents have been impeached.
 
2017-01-10 06:38:41 PM  

dugitman: germ78: My guess is that Trump will be the first president to be impeached because he lacks the humility or awareness to realize that he's in too deep.

Two presidents have been impeached.


Well, I meant that the impeachment process would go all the way through and not get shot down by the senate by a vote or *smoke bomb* resignation.
 
2017-01-10 07:11:49 PM  

germ78: dugitman: germ78: My guess is that Trump will be the first president to be impeached because he lacks the humility or awareness to realize that he's in too deep.

Two presidents have been impeached.

Well, I meant that the impeachment process would go all the way through and not get shot down by the senate by a vote or *smoke bomb* resignation.


People like to get pedantic about the definition of impeachment.
 
2017-01-10 07:33:57 PM  

OtherLittleGuy: iheartscotch: I mean, there's only been 2 this millennium.......

/ I still say Ike was the last great president

TR.

Last wimpy bookreader nerd to get into the White House.


Teddy? Teddy was, indeed, a great president. Gave a speech with a bullet in his shoulder(if I remember correctly).

I simply posit that Ike was also a great president. He gave us the Interstate system.
 
2017-01-10 07:47:07 PM  
With all this crap going on about the BuzzFeed document drop, I really wonder WTF he's going to say.

This could get ugly.
 
2017-01-10 07:52:06 PM  

hugram: I'm just going to leave this here...

Brief article explaining the financial crisis timeline, which started on Feb of 2007.

A link showing the fear and panic from a few newspaper headlines during the financial crisis.

Obama took over the White House 01/20/2009 with the financial crisis in full mode. On the same day, GOP members met for a 4-hour dinner to discuss a plot campaign of obstruction against Obama. Party over country.

The US GDP performance started to go into positive ground soon after... and basically remained in positive territory throughout his administration.
[img.fark.net image 710x325]

Consumer confident at a 9-year high
[img.fark.net image 300x343]

US corporate profits after tax were soon heading for all-time highs.
[img.fark.net image 630x378]

Private jobs during the Obama Administration has seen positive growth or over 75 months now (slightly outdated graph).
[img.fark.net image 850x617]

Unemployment claims has been dropping, especially since the start of the stimulus.
[img.fark.net image 550x281]

Unemployment claims for the last 40 years or so...
[img.fark.net image 850x478]

US stock markets performance during the Obama Administration...
DOW in 01/20/2009: 7,949.09
DOW in 01/05/2017: 19,899.29
Rate of Return: 150.33%

S&P 500 in 01/20/2009: 805.22
S&P 500 in 01/05/2017: 2,269.00
Rate of Return: 181.79%

NASDAQ in 01/20/2009: 1,440.86
NASDAQ in 01/05/2017: 5,487.94
Rate of Return: 280.88%


US stock markets performance since hitting the bottom on March 9th of 2009...
DOW in 03/09/2009: 6,547.05
DOW in 01/05/2017: 19,899.29
Rate of Return: 203.94%

S&P 500 in 03/09/2009: 676.53
S&P 500 in 01/05/2017: 2,269.00
Rate of Return: 235.39%

NASDAQ in 03/09/2009: 1,268.64
NASDAQ in 01/05/2017: 5,487.94
Rate of Return: 332.58%


Comparing unemployment rate fluctuation between President Bush and President Obama.
Bush
01/20/2001: 4.2%
01/20/2009: 7.8%
Unemployment Rate Change: 85.71% Increase

Obama
01/20/2009: 7.8%
Currently: 4.7%
Unemployment Rate Change: -39.74% Decrease


Comparing unemployment rate fluctuation from their first budgeted year.
Bush
01/01/2002: 5.7%
12/31/2009: 9.9%
Unemployment Rate Change: 73.68% Increase

Obama
01/01/2010: 9.9%
Currently: 4.7%
Unemployment Rate Change: -52.53% Decrease


Unemployment rate was trending up steeply when Obama took over the White House. The trend started to go down soon after...
[img.fark.net image 600x300]

...Even though The Senate has filibustered any bill that could help the economy and the employment situation.
[img.fark.net image 850x527]

Or having Eric Cantor and other GOP members discussing in late 2008 (before Obama even took over the WH) that if Obama is for it, we have to be against it.

A list of a few jobs bills the GOP-led Senate have blocked

One in particular that should offend our troops coming back since it seems the GOP-led Senate were too busy blocking a veterans jobs bill.

Or having Mitch McConnell Admits That Republicans Took America Hostage and that his number one priority is to make sure President Obama is a one-term president... instead of focusing what his party could do to help with the economic crisis.

Or the Tea Party Nation urged small business owners to not hire people in order to make Obama look bad

Or when a company with company policies about not hiring until Obama is gone based on nothing to do with the basic supply and demand process for his business goods.

Or having the GOP blocked a 10 percent tax break for small businesses that hires new employees.

Even so, the job market did improve, as these old links prove. I included them on purpose to show that the job recovery has been happening for a while now. Read all about it...

Private-sector job growth biggest in 3 years

Stealth signs of a stronger job market

Biggest unemployment rate improvement in nearly 28 years

Small businesses ramp up jobs

Jobs: 2 hopeful signs

Stealth jobs boom: 6 months, 2 million jobs

Jobless claims plunged last week to a nearly four-year low

Manufacturing jobs boom is for real

If you are unemployed or underemployed, you don't have a 4 year degree (or higher) and blame Obama for your situation, then maybe you should get a college degree. The unemployment rate for people with 4 (or more) years is less than 3%. Get a degree. It is not the Government's fault you don't have the necessary skills to compete in today's world. The Government can even help you pay for it (via student loans, grants, GI Bill etc.).
[img.fark.net image 566x369]

Housing market is recovering...
[img.fark.net image 620x355]

Foreclosures are down as well...
[img.fark.net image 620x355]

Average weekly paychecks have improved...
[img.fark.net image 475x249]

Inflation has been under control...
[img.fark.net image 730x340]

Manufacturing has started to go up...
[img.fark.net image 620x355]

Car sales are trending up...
[img.fark.net image 540x405]


Thanks Obama!
 
2017-01-10 07:53:44 PM  
I'm going to the same spot I was at for the Cubs win.  Maybe magic will happen again.
 
2017-01-10 08:03:21 PM  
Thanks Obama.

/no, seriously
 
2017-01-10 08:03:38 PM  
I hope he starts with a pee joke.
 
2017-01-10 08:04:56 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2017-01-10 08:06:17 PM  
"greatest president of the millennium" lol
 
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