Obama stuck to the positive because he knows history will vindicate him — if America endures the coming ordeal.
During his farewell address last night Obama was passionate while also restrained.
Yet he wrapped the facts of American history in a soft but still durable glove and beat Trumpism and today’s Republicans about the metaphorical face and body.
During his farewell address the professor turned president of the United States lectured while never sounding arrogant – aloof or preachy.
To that end Obama was eloquent – intellectual and confident.
He was a role model of calm cool reflective black masculinity: a man utterly at home in his own skin and at peace with his legacy as president — even while being quite concerned about the future of the country under Donald Trump and the Republican regime.