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This White House staffer summed up the beauty of Obama’s presidency in 18 epic tweets

Jesse Lee, whose mouthful of a job title is “Special Assistant to the President and Director of Rapid Response,” signed online today to announce his departure from the Twittersphere. After eight years of working for the Obama administration, he is moving on, and his official White House Twitter account is going dark.

Inauguration Day
  • Imagine this. You have Kanye performing at Trump's inauguration. Just as the cheeto's about to be sworn in, Kanye grabs the mic and says, "I'm gonna let you finish. But Obama had the greatest presidency of all time." Obama is reinstated for his third term. The world is no burning.
Congrats America!

You have successfully removed what may have been the greatest president, you have ever had the pleasure of ruling your country. You have taken one of the greatest steps towards equality by replacing the first ever black president, with someone who is racist beyond words, someone who believes women are trophy wife’s and nothing more than a scale out of ten. A man who thinks women should be punished, that sexual assault is not real. That abortions should not be funded. A man who does not believe in the abilities in those of the LGBTQ+ community.  A rich white man who will only take care of rich white men. A horrible, vile man who has not got an inch in his body to feel the empathy required for such a position. You have turned what could have been one of the greatest milestones of our generation, an inspiration for young women internationally and you have ripped it to shreds. You are taking homes away from people who need them and earned them, placing a wall and segregating your nation from the rest of the world. This is not America and this will not make America great again. 
As I continue to type this message my fingers cannot manage to keep up with my thoughts. I am disgusted at the people who gave such a man, so much power. However, right now my thoughts are drifting. I cannot begin to fathom the heartache within the minority groups, the people of colour, LGBTQ+ community, young women and their children, those who are not exactly well off and those who are currently vulnerable positions. I pray that the next four years go fast and that they do not treat you wrong, I pray that young men and women have hope left for their country and realise that their vote, it does matter! I pray that the little girls in your country grow up knowing they’re important and they do have a say in the story of their lives and no person, no president, no money or power can take that away from them. Most importantly, I pray that you all find peace and cherish every second you have it within you. 

Together, you can make America your home again. 

Democracy

It is amazing how the losing party is always ready to throw democracy out the window because they didn’t get the vote that they wanted.

Happened here with Brexit and now on the US with the election. The people have voted, accept it! You think minorities didn’t vote for Trump? You’re in for a massive shock then.

I’ve seen people call for recounts to assassinations. It is honestly pathetic, you don’t know what is going to happen under Trump, for all you know he might be the greatest president that has ever lived.

Blaming the whites, the 3rd party voters, the “patriarchy” or whatever else you can think is pathetic. The majority has spoken, there aren’t going to be any right wing death squads hunting blacks, latinos, LGBT in the streets. Take your time, read the policies. Actually learn to think for yourself and not what the biased media wants you to think.

Put your hateful rhetoric aside and unite.

Thank you so much Barack Obama. You are a truly smart,hardworking, amazing and wonderful man who deserves a lot of recognition. Even though I was still a kid when you were first elected back in 2008 in I was so excited and happy that you were elected. You worked hard during the 8 years you have been president and have done many amazing things for this country. I can’t believe 8 years ago you were first elected and now you gave us probably one of the most thoughful and inspiring farewell speeches. Me and a lot of other people (Americans and non Americans) will greatly misa having you as our president. You are probably one of the greatest presidents ever.

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Future

-I’m from the future! I’m here to-
-Kill Trump! Yes! Thank God!
-What? No! Trump was the greatest President of the Twenty-First century! His two terms fixed America in immeasurable ways.
-…what? Impossible!
-No, truly.
-…no…
-Yes!
-Then why are you here?
-Came back to grab some Hershey bars. Don’t have ‘em in the future. Yum Yum.
-Why not?
-Haha! Trump banned all black colored candy.
-Oh my God! See! He’s insane-
-Black candy was found to cause diabetes 100 times faster than any other candy. He won a lot of prizes for the ban.
-What the fuck. What about that Pence guy? He’s downright evil.
-Father Pence? The first American Pope? The man who came out as gay in office and everyone was like “That makes sense” and he was like “Yeah, all of that scary stuff was just a front. Can I be Pope?” and everyone was like “A gay Pope? Sure, we’re all happy and peaceful now so why not?”
-…no no no. You’re not from the future, you’re just crazy.
-If I wasn’t from the future could I ollie on this skateboard like this?
-Damn. I was wrong.

anonymous asked:

What are your top 5 speeches made by presidents? As a speech/debate nerd, it's interesting to see which ones really leave a lasting impression and end up important in the long run.

Good question – and a tough question because there are so many important speeches that come to mind. It’s difficult to narrow the list down to five, but here we go:

1. Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865
The Gettysburg Address is Lincoln’s most famous speech, and probably the most famous speech in American history outside of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. But I believe that Lincoln’s Second Inaugural tops both of them. It’s succinct but incredibly powerful. And it gives us a hint of how Lincoln envisioned handling Reconstruction if assassination hadn’t robbed him of the opportunity, and robbed us of him. Above all, I believe that Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address is the greatest piece of writing by any American – and I don’t just mean political writing. I think it’s the greatest piece of writing by any American in any field of writing. 

2. George Washington, Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
Washington’s Farewell Address isn’t great because of the language. It’s not soaring, beautiful rhetoric like other great American speeches. But it is extraordinarily important. George Washington was setting precedents every step of the way while he was in office. We see him as the quintessential leader, but we tend to overlook how much of a visionary Washington was. He was literally creating the position of President as we were building the nation itself, and we forget how earth-shattering that was. And then, despite the fact that he could have ruled as long as he wanted (and, in fact, some people were encouraging to do just that), Washington retired and handed over his power peacefully and quietly. Washington’s Farewell Address – and his actions following the speech – set the stage for the seamless transitions between Presidents that have followed ever since he left office in 1797. The speech isn’t all that exciting, but what the speech means is something absolutely groundbreaking. Not only is our Founding Father and this victorious military leader stepping aside voluntarily, but he’s basically making it very clear to the citizens of this young nation that, “Hey, I’m really going home. I’m not coming back if I get bored. I’m not saving you if you screw up. Here’s a little bit of advice, but it’s up to you now. Do the right thing and we might have a chance.” It’s absolutely remarkable.

3. John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961
Like Lincoln’s Second Inaugural, this is an obvious one. JFK’s Inaugural Address was eloquent and exciting and idealistic in ways that Presidential speeches had rarely been, but what truly set this speech apart was that it stands out as a moment where a page of history was turned. Kennedy was the first President born in the 20th Century, and he took over from the last President born in the 19th Century. It was more than a changing of the guard; it was like jumping from a black-and-white still photo into a fast-paced, forward-charging world of color. Kennedy’s imaginative language and youthful energy instantly changed how we perceived our President, and it gave the nation a new hope that would be severely tested in the tumultuous decade which followed. But on that day, what the nation saw and heard was totally different from what the country was used, and that “different” feeling couldn’t help but seem promising.

4. Lyndon B. Johnson, Address to a Joint Session of Congress on the Voting Rights Act, March 15, 1965
When holding court with small groups, giving extemporaneous speeches on the campaign trail, or when speaking to people one-on-one, Lyndon Johnson could be absolutely electrifying. However, when reading from prepared remarks – particularly on television – LBJ was notoriously stiff and colorless. But following “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama, President Johnson went to the Capitol to urge Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act, and stunned the nation by speaking emotionally and candidly about how there wasn’t a “Negro problem”, a “Southern problem”, or a “Northern problem”, but that “There is only an American problem.” Johnson pushed Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act and continue working on equal rights legislation. He surprised many Civil Rights leaders by making it clear that he recognized that simply passing those laws wouldn’t solve the problems the country faced, and that bigotry and racism was deeper and more far-reaching than that, and there were many other issues to overcome. Then the boorish, overbearing, middle-aged, white President from deep in the Hill Country of an old Confederate state shocked the nation by using the lyrics of perhaps the most sacred song of the Civil Rights Movement to strongly declare, “And we shall overcome.” With those four words, LBJ demonstrated to people on both sides of the Civil Rights issue that it was personal for him, too. Anybody who hears Johnson’s delivery of that speech quickly understands how deeply he believed in achieving equal rights for all Americans. What makes LBJ’s “We Shall Overcome” speech (as it is better-known) so important is that it’s not merely a policy speech or an ideological speech; it’s the diagnosis of an old American problem and the commitment to a plan of action for solving that problem. LBJ would eventually do more for the cause of Civil Rights than any President in American history, and the “We Shall Overcome” speech was the moment when most Americans recognized that he was committed to doing just that.

5. Ronald Reagan, Address to the Nation Following the Space Shuttle Challenger Explosion, January 28, 1986
President Reagan was known as “the Great Communicator”, and there was no point during his Presidency where he proved worthy of that nickname than following the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Reagan had been scheduled to deliver the State of the Union Address that evening, but it was postponed after Challenger exploded shortly after takeoff, killing seven astronauts. Presidents have many different roles to play during their time in office. During crises or moments of national tragedy, the country tends to look towards the President for reassurance and comfort, almost in a familial manner. Reagan had a unique ability to seemingly radiate warmth, especially on camera, and brought an instinctive geniality to his approach. When we were sad or depressed or worried, Reagan’s soothing voice and endless optimism about America and Americans were exactly what the country often needed. That isn’t a skill that most people think about when they are voting for President and it’s not something that can be taught or faked, but it is a priceless tool for a President to have. No one was better at that aspect of the Presidency than Ronald Reagan, and Reagan was never better at exercising that ability than in the hours after the nation had watched the Space Shuttle explode above Florida. Reagan’s remarks that night were brief, but elegantly and eloquently crafted by speechwriter Peggy Noonan, who finished the speech with words from a poem written by a British pilot who was killed in World War II. Reagan’s delivery was absolutely perfect as he paid tribute to the astronauts who were killed and closed by saying, “We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God.’” From beginning-to-end, it was the exact speech the country needed to hear, and a fitting tribute to the Challenger crew – definitely one of the greatest Presidential speeches in American history.

pirate-owl  asked:

Please tell me there is more Trash Sage forthcoming, and hopefully soon. I'm hooked and must know they are okay. And feels like forever since I had a Lucy-is-married-to-Flynn fix (okay, technically like a day and a half or something. Stop being reasonable; I know I'm a junky.)

Yes, there will be more Trash Saga coming, because I am working a bit on it now during my break. Because why would I do responsible things when I could, you know, play in my garbage heap.

Also Flynn, honey, I know you are very, very rightfully pissed, but mouthing off to a court that can literally burn you at the stake is maybe, you know. Not the greatest idea:

The presiding magistrate bangs the gavel, and the session is brought to order. They are asked to speak and confirm their names for the court, at which Flynn gives them a look of utter disdain. “Holden Caulfield,” he drawls. “Why not?”

“It says here that your Christian name is Garcia Flynn.” The magistrate’s brow furrows at such an obviously unusual and un-Puritan moniker. “Men of good character have attested as much to us. Are you denying their testimony, sir?”

“Men of good character? You mean Rittenhouse? The lot who have turned up recently and encouraged you to arrest all the slightly strange women you can find?” Flynn’s chains clink as he leans forward, and the judges tense. “And anyone else they want? No. No, those aren’t men of good character. But then, you batch of pitchfork-waving shitheads wouldn’t know that, would you? How many of the women have you killed already?”

There is a communal gasp at this extremely un-Puritan language, as by the sound of things from the stalls, several upstanding members of the community have had the vapors. The magistrate clutches his gavel as if Flynn might grow wings and fly shrieking into his face on the spot. “Do you, sir, unlawfully impede the justice done by this court in the name of – ”

“Justice?” Flynn sneers. “Justice? Any of you see any justice here? This is a sham, this is all a fucking sham, and you are on the wrong side of history, I promise you that. Nobody’s going to thank you for bravely clearing Salem of the menace of the witches. You’ll be remembered as a bunch of superstitious, hysterical dicks who murdered innocent women for nothing, and did it all waving a Bible and calling yourselves the champions of God. No wonder you and Rittenhouse are such best buddies. They like the same kind of thing. Probably told you everything you wanted to hear, that this time they’d make it a clean sweep. Didn’t they?”

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