Last night in Chicago, President Obama spoke only briefly about his many accomplishments, instead investing the bulk of his time on issuing a warning of his own about the health and vibrancy of American democracy.
Obama’s farewell address included a variety of messages and themes, but what Americans saw was a leader who seemed eager to credit his fellow citizens and encourage them to keep moving the country forward.
These comments – a leader crediting his supporters instead of himself – came to mind during Donald Trump’s press conference this morning.
Trump emphasized how impressed he is with his own awesomeness.
Obama had a prepared text, while Trump was answering reporters’ questions.
Even looking past the settings and substantive disagreements between Trump and Obama, it’s worth pausing to appreciate the gap between the two solely in tone and decency.
I watched Obama’s farewell address and Trump’s press conference.