In an apparent effort to emulate President-elect Donald Trump’s social media mastery, President Obama began the New Year by giving his Twitter followers a revisionist history lesson.
The “Me Too” outgoing president posted a series of tweets that were supposed to tout his two-term accomplishments.
“As we look ahead to the future, I wanted to take a moment to look back on the remarkable progress that you made possible these past 8 years,” Obama tweeted.
The president shared information from his brag book about his supposed job creation, health care triumphs, and super hero environmental status.
“[W]e acted on a global scale to save the one planet we’ve got,” Obama boasted, referring to the Paris Climate agreement.
The 44th president also plugged his alleged foreign policy accomplishments, posting, “We brought home more of our troops & strengthened U.S. leadership—leading with diplomacy & partnering with nations to meet global problems.”
Obama’s closest adviser, Valerie Jarrett, also took a turn at pumping up the revisionist balloon, proudly proclaiming that the administration has been scandal free.
“The president prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn’t had a scandal, and he hasn’t done something to embarrass himself,” Jarrett recently told CNN.
Ignored by Jarrett were a slew of shame-laden catastrophes that happened on Obama’s watch, which ranged from the terrible to the tragic, including Operation Fast and Furious, Department of Veterans Affairs, Benghazi, IRS selective targeting, AP phone records seizure, NSA mass surveillance, EPA river poisoning, overseas drone killings, ransom payments to Iran, and, of course, Hillary’s email server, among others.
Obama will reportedly deliver a farewell address in Chicago on Jan. 10. The speech will likely be carried live by most mainstream media outlets and will likely also be loaded with high praise for himself and his legacy invention.
Interestingly, rather than facilitating a smooth transition of power, Obama has been busy banning oil drilling off the Atlantic coast, confiscating huge swaths of acreage by designating new environmental monuments, protecting funding for Planned Parenthood, ordering the release of Guantánamo Bay combatants, re-crafting relations with Cuba, initiating a UN resolution against Israel, and ordering Russian diplomats to leave the U.S.
Meanwhile the entertainment industry is doing its part to redact, reframe, and rewrite Obama’s record.
Currently streaming on Netflix is a movie titled “Barry.” The film is a two-hour long docudrama about the president’s struggle with his multiracial identity when he was a 20-year old student at Columbia University.
The film is set in 1981 and takes place over several months, when Obama first moved to New York City and lived in an urban neighborhood near the Columbia campus.
One of the themes explored in the film is the rejection that Obama receives from various social circles as the son of a mother who is Caucasian and a father who is African.
The movie debuted in mid-December 2016, with Australian actor Devon Terrell portraying the college-aged Obama and actress Ashley Judd in the role of the president’s mother. The film was picked up by Netflix after a premiere screening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
National Geographic is getting into the legacy enlarging act as well. Five days before the inauguration of President-elect Trump, the cable television channel will air two back-to-back specials, dedicating an entire night of prime time programming to embellish Obama’s legacy.
The first program is an hour-long documentary called “Sea of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures.” It focuses on Obama’s launch of the largest marine preserve in northwestern Hawaii and the first national marine monument in the Atlantic Ocean.
Immediately following “Sea of Hope,” the network will air a two-hour documentary special called “Obama: The Price of Hope.” It primarily consists of a series of interviews with mostly fans of the president, including those in his inner circle. Also included are more interviews with Obama himself and with former Secretary of State Clinton, former Director of the CIA Leon Panetta, and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
National Geographic stated the following in a news release: “‘Obama: The Price of Hope’ weaves in eight years of the President’s objectives, triumphs and struggles, while underscoring his passion to inspire a sense of hope against all odds.”
No word yet on whether the story of Obama’s real legacy will be retold on either the little or big screen.