The Beatification of Barack Obama

OffGuardian

by Kit

Obama's farewell speech tear, one more than he ever shed for Libya, Syria or Yemen. Obama’s farewell speech tear, one more than he ever shed for Libya, Syria or Yemen.

As the eight-year term of America’s first black President draws to a close, the media are already in the process of myth-making. There’s room for an honest autopsy of a man who promised a new kind of world, and delivered merely warmed-over soundbites and a few fake tears.

“With Barack Obama’s exit the US is losing a saint.” writes Simon Jenkins in the Guardian, whilst Ann Perkins praises his “grace, decency and defence of democracy”. Lola Okolosie rhapsodises on his legacy of “warmth, love, resilience”.

Already the storyline is set – Obama was a good man, who tried to do great things, but was undone by a republic senate his own “sharp intelligence

These people, as much as anybody, reflect the cognitive dissonance of the modern press. “Liberals”, to use their own tortured…

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