He argued that laws alone won't be enough. Hearts must change when minority groups voice discontent, they're not just engaging in reverse racism or practicing political correctness; that when they wage peaceful protest, they're not demanding special treatment, but the equal treatment our founders promised."
The President said that a splintered news media threatened democracy by allowing people to retreat into their own bubbles of knowledge, everyone certain of a different set of facts.
"We become so secure in our bubbles that we accept only information, whether true or not, that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the evidence that's out there. The country's democratic order is threatened by a sense of apathy among the many Americans who do not vote or participate in civic life."
He urged members of both political parties to work to restore trust in society's institutions in ways that will attract more people to become involved in the country's fate.
"If you're disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Persevere. Sometimes you'll win. Sometimes you'll lose."
"That's why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans," Mr. Obama said to huge cheers from the adoring crowd. "That's why we cannot withdraw from global fights - to expand democracy, and human rights, women's rights, and L.G.B.T. rights - no matter how imperfect our efforts, no matter how expedient ignoring such values may seem."
He advised his successor not to shrink from the challenges of economic inequality, racial strife, political isolation and voter apathy that still threaten its ideal of democracy. The president expressed his belief that even the deepest ideological divides can be bridged by an active, engaged populace.
To his successor who has often questioned the reality of climate change, Mr. Obama seemed to say: Be careful. We can and should argue about the best approach to the problem. But to simply deny the problem not only betrays future generations; it betrays the essential spirit of innovation and practical problem-solving that guided our founders.
To conclude, all was not roses and roses as one would like to paint the legacy of the great President. To his credit, I must mention that despite cajoling Israel with the biggest financial assistance than any previous US administration had provided to Israel, he didn't allow Israel to play deadly duel with Iran. He did put on leash to the hawkish Prime Minister Netenyahu.
His greatest failure was his 'carte blanche; to his Secretary of State - Hilary Clinton to create, nurture and adventure the Frankenstein of ISIS with the blatant support of Turkey, Israel and Arab rulers. Now, that ogre has come home to roost the entire Middle East.
The largest black hole of President Obama's legacy is the 'Burning Syria' which he himself had admitted last December. About the recent Aleppo carnage he expressed his pain in the following words:
"Because of my office, because I'm president of the United States I feel responsible I understand the impulse to want to do something, but ultimately I've to think about what we can sustain, what is realistic."
I believe you had been a good president for your country and a great decent leader in the times of emerging parochial rulers around the globe Mr. Barcak Hussein Obama!
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