Obama invokes Reagan to lynch GOP; adoring media invokes Michelle to praise him for ‘dialing it down’

In what was likely his final press conference before leaving office, a very smug President Barack Obama spent considerable time lynching the Republican Party and repeating a dubious claim about terrorism on his watch.

Or, in the eyes of an adoring media, “Obama sought to dial down tensions.”

Using first lady Michelle Obama’s interview this week with Oprah Winfrey as the bar, where the first lady said Trump being elected is “what not having hope feels like,” The Hill reported that the president “made a more diplomatic case” about concerns over a Trump presidency.

With one foot out the door Michelle Obama lays it
on thick, tells Oprah Americans feel hopeless

“Obama could have dialed things up even more on Friday as he met the assembled media on a slow news day,” the online news source said. “Instead, he scaled the rhetoric back.”

Of course, after his wife’s lowly remark, that didn’t require much effort.

Obama spoke at length about intelligence reports showing Russian interfered in the U.S. election and said Hillary Clinton was not “treated fairly,” but added that votes were “counted appropriately.”

He went on to point out that President-elect Donald Trump has spoken favorably of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and referenced the man revered by so many on the right in saying Putin is supported by many in the GOP.

“Over a third of Republican voters approve of Vladimir Putin, the former head of the KGB. Ronald Reagan would roll over in his grave,” Obama said.

Obama also repeated a carefully worded claim about there being no terrorist attacks on U.S. soil under his watch… the qualifier being the origins of the attack.

“No foreign terrorist organization has successfully executed an attack on our homeland that was directed from overseas,” Obama said.

Perhaps the president believes if he repeats the claim long enough, it will come to be seen as the truth.

The reaction on social media to Obama’s “word salad” indicates that there are a few skeptics out there… here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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