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a president very emotional about leaving office and a little bit worried about what's going to come next. >> also john, giving a perspective of how he sees the country and politics in america today, good and bad. >> and at a time when we do tend to argue about every issue and play out debate about every issue or every tweet, recognize the turning of the chapter in our history. this is a huge moment. it was history. he himself saying a lot of you volunteers didn't think it was possible. when he started to run lot of people didn't think he could get past the clintons and past the field and country was ready for first african-american president. recognize the turning of the page. but be interesting that i'm sure many republicans will take it as
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lecture. clear admonitions, points of reference for the new president donald trump, climate change, respecting muslims, celebrating diversity, recognizing the institutions. only mentioned the president-elect in the beginning. some were subtle and some less. >> it was a progressive profession of faith but rooted in deeply conservative values and american values. connected his faith with the founding fathers quoting george washington, and that brings soaring context to the speech. roots it as something deeper, transcendent and enduring. while he confronted the forces of change he also said fear is most destabilizing force in our democracy. and issued a warning but rooted in citizenship.
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so it's uniting and therefore not partisanship. >> and speaking silence could be me more different. won't be hearing from a sitting president a speech like this. >> and let's be honest, one of the reasons he burst on the scene is how he gives a speech. he's an orator, that's who he is. and you're right. it's going to be a while before we can hear a speech like this. and republicans and democrats alike can say if nothing else, he's a good orator. i was remembering going to senator barack obama to iowa on the first visit and witnessing the reaction from the democrats there. about the fact he leapt over the people who were supposed to be
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next in line. and i had a chance to talk to them, are you concerned you're icarus, flying too close to the sun? and now he's two-term president and he gave a bit of a victory lap. which i'm sure a lot of people, it's rorschach test. you love him. happy he gave and others are like really, you don't understand the election? but one thing i will say, interesting from the democrats here, such a debate inside the democratic party right now as to which way to go. lunch bucket economic issues or stay with the diversity issues and racial divide in the country? and he in a way that almost only he can do, brought the two together by talking about the fact -- gave the democrats a road map by talking about the
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fact if you're a minority, you also have to think about the middle aged white man who from the outside seems to have advantage. >> and democratic party not done a good job and lost those voters. >> but it's a false choice. most who want to see the democratic party in this country move forward understand it's a false choice. don't have to be a group of people that looks to say we need to address flyover country or white rural america or the issues of the hispanic community or other minority communities, we can do it all. what president obama talked about tonight was the level of empathy. i thought it was amazing. he said as young african-american male i had to step out of my skin to begin to understand what it feels like for the factory worker, who i assume has some level of white
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privilege but just got laid off from his job. and that factory worker has to understand i want my child to come home after stopped by the police. all together. >> you said democratic party, and i assume all human beings. party didn't do it well this election. criticism of hillary clinton is she was playing to different groups and didn't work. >> but i think missing what the speech was about tonight. wasn't about yesterday but about tomorrow. we can rehash how we lost in scranton, how we lost in milwaukee. john king went up and down the board to show where we lost the elections but this is not what this is about. but how we're going to lead the future of this country and whether or not be together in this battle. breaking news about russia and donald trump but what was refreshing tonight is you got a
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chance to see grace, dignity, a man love his wife and be amazing father. that's the 44th president of the united states. >> congressman kingston? you're a trump supporter. >> reality meets philadelphia. last time in a big room like this full of enthusiastic democrats was philadelphia and so much optimism but it's really channelled to one man and one personality and that's barack obama and to some degree michelle obama but noz transferrable to the democratic party. since he's been in office, 1,000 democrats have lost because his enormous popularity which we saw tonight. at one point somebody yelled out i love you, crowd went crazy. like a justin bieber concert in some ways and i say that respectfully. >> there you go. >> there's no way that could be respectful. >> it was and won't retract it.
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but the reality is that love was for a personality, not a platform or policy. >> to the congressman's point, can't argue the democratic party is in confusion at this stage and disarray. >> so is the republican party. all of the parties part of that has to do with where we are in the country right now with people rejecting labels and boxes and all of that. global phenomenon. but important to think about what he said tonight. threats to the democracy. he put on his state of the union hat and constitutional law professor hat and founding fathers hat and said we have a threat with economic opportunity, issue with racism, factless debate in politics and taking our democracy for granted. it is so important for us to not look at that through partisan lens.
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as he said when we do that, take these things for granted, that's how we end up in war, not really deeming ourselves as patriotic. it's not justin bieber or barack obama as personality but barack obama who has always seen the hope of what america can be. hope of a more perfect union. >> also a very sobering tone to the speech. think of barack obama who began national political career talking about optimism and hope and change and unity and progress, ended presidency by defending certain things we didn't think a few years ago needed defending, science, basic facts, journalism, the ability of citizens to talk to each other on the most fundamental level. although i heard the optimism you're reflecting, i heard a
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great level of concern about it. also the shoutout to michelle obama, i've tried to report the story of the obama partnership and how it's affected this presidency. but i believe it's so subtle and deep and fascinating, we have to hand the baton to the historians. michelle obama pushed barack obama to become the politician she wanted him to be. was above it all lofty figure and wanted him to have elevated presidency. and in the way that jackie kennedy was in many ways the architect of the kennedy vision, say the same thing about michelle obama in the future. >> i think barack obama admitted that tonight. i wouldn't be the president i am without her. but to your point jody, he began on hope and talked a lot about not giving in to fear. this was a major theme of this speech. he said we should be vigilant
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but can't be afraid. and democracy can buckle when it gives in to fear. i think what he was telling the american public was, don't do that because you're going to destroy the constitution. and this was his parting point, i think, and maybe it was part of a constitutional scholar in him, but i also think it was his way of saying if you give in to fear you lose the hope you came in with. >> it was fascinating farewell address. most are in the oval office. eisenhower, or open letters to the people. here almost a rally atmosphere to the hometown crowd. but what is consistent is the warning from the departing president. eisenhower warning about the
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military industrial complex. there was discussion about not giving in to fear, fact-free media to taking democracy to granted to liberal democracy taking over the western world right now potentially. that's part of a tradition of departing president not only offering valid iktry for own presidency but warning about the values with he need to hold fast to amid the darker currents. >> also presidents talk more on policy because there's more achievement to talk about. respectfully, why didn't he brag about obamacare and -- >> he did. >> he mentioned in passing. didn't take about -- and should have talked about isis. >> that wasn't the purpose of tonight. >> it was to lecture, i understand. >> tonight was not about what we've accomplished and what we can accomplish tomorrow. >> would have been good to hear. >> there are a lot of people in
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this country on both sides that are afraid and what he did was try to stand in the gap and challenged you as middle aged white man from georgia who is republican -- >> are you picking on my people? >> you're sitting right here. >> he challenged me as well, anderson, all of us to make this a more perfect union. wasn't about the fact we have 20 million more people on health care or stock market at nearly 20,000 or more people employed now or 2 million people less in poverty. >> it was and i don't think he expanded on it. go back to reagan's speech -- >> do the american people want another speech in which a politician is touting their accomplishments? >> reagan's farewell speech talked about opening up to soviet union and gorbachev and then warned the coming administration you have to cut
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the cards, exact phrase. i would is liked to have seen him say i'm passing on the baton. >> just a little bit perspective. if he would have done more than he did, which i guarantee you, many of your colleagues and maybe your former constituents think he gave too much of a victory lap would have been accused of lecturing too much. but reagan was passing the baton to vice president becoming the president. doesn't have that luxury. i hear what you're saying. i will say, again even listening to partisan friends here, you're proving his part. we're all proving it. he's trying to say of course he's partisan figure. a president, a politician. but trying genuinely so i think to not be there and be the president and say guys we need to figure out a way around this.
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and i also think to me one of the best lines on that note, and got a standing ovation here, was stop arguing with each other on the internet, actually look at stranger in the eye in person and have a conversation. >> john? >> to that point, number one, the congressman raises legitimate question about effectiveness in the postpresidency, how does he choose? what organization does he take. when it's no the about him, don't mean it harsh as it sounds but democrats were decimated and he was president. when he's not at top of the ballot, the democrats have suffered. what form does it take? but also a guy who started as community community organizer, interesting time in politics, all big institutions including the parties don't have the sway they used to have. donald trump just blew up the republican party, he wasn't its
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candidate and the democratic party in bad shape. message seemed to be build in your community. >> it's beyond what people project on this president, not a partisan or polarizing speech. he quotes atticus finch, reaching out in transcendent way -- >> >> exactly your people jack. message is independence is inseparable from interdpensd. that's a message for the ages rooted in the founding fathers. >> i think what the president was saying, ironically have a president which state and local governments hollowed out of democrats at local level under his presidency. we know that's a fact. but what he's saying now is admitted it, not paid enough attention to that, he's saying
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start at bottom again. got to start at square one, here you are, you have to organize, get out there, go doe it. that's how we have to work our way back. if i had to guess what -- and they've talked about organizing for america now, is now going to be a grassroots organization again to start over and he will be involved in it. >> gets to the question of what he does now. 55 years old, talks about being involved as citizen. but is it clear what that means at this point? >> i think we know. >> first of all he really is the ultimate author president. when he was younger told people he was writer before he was politician. i think he'll write one of the richest and most fascinating presidential memoirs because have to make choices between being honest and secure. often the less partisan you
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appear, more effective of a partisan you can be. if after the presidency he comes out and becomes like another partisan warrior in the trenches, he will be much less powerful than if he retains respect and dignity of the office. that was always an obama strength and i think try to horde that and play it up in years to come. >> i think will write a book but i think they realized that ofa crippled the democratic party. would be surprised if he leaned into it in that way. i think there's a number of things to rebuild the dnc and he's talked about wanting to go in and train young leaders knowing there has to be a younger bench. i think the third thing is lean into the foundation, just getting the team together. going to do it from d.c. but that's big thing from him and chase business pursuits later
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on. >> he was pretty clear earlier this week or last about the fact that he will jump in if donald trump is going to send 800,000 children back home. he talked about it, and saw in session's hearing, would be willing to abandon that. talked about the policy points in which he would come out. but two things that are cornerstone of our democracy, played out by jack and i's interaction, not only be willing to challenge and talk about things that make our democracy the most amazing thing in the world but also have to be willing to listen. that's important. i'm speaking to republican friends right now but all of us. you have to be willing to love your neighbor even if they don't love you. i think he harped on that today talking about groups of people who feel beat down, whether or
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not you're unemployed or going through problems with civil rights. i thought tonight bookended incredible ascension, the presidency. >> in terms of talking about what our politics have become, it's like standing outside of it and critiquing it. i think he sees himself as useful critic that way. saying not only dishonest but now we have a selective sorgt of the facts and politics become self-defeating. >> let me speak a little bit on that. >> please. >> as the white guy. he said we would not deny that racial relations are better today than they were 20 or 30 years ago. i don't know anybody who is debating that. but i think you could debate if they're better than eight years ago. i don't feel like they are.
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i remember when he was sworn in, 11 people staying at our house, racially mixed group full of optimism and students not really sure democrat or republican. but feel a sense after ferguson, baltimore and milwaukee, here was a man who could have been really good and proactive but i don't think he was. >> i -- you -- >> go ahead. >> final thoughts before we toss to don lemon. it is interesting john avlon putting this speech in the context of other farewell addresses. >> it is a great american tradition. quoted washington's farewell address directly and rooted ideas and projection forward in the founding fathers. it's part of that communion, conversation between presidents.
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these tend to be part valedictory, bridging the past, present and future but also warning. and he did that tonight. >> between now and aye inauguration are, are we going to hear from president obama? >> if there's official business of government to take care of it. it's done by design. president bush did the same thing. you have space, confirmation hearings under way and president bush as obama said was grateful. tryi trying -- unless official act comes up, to largely step aside. >> and president obama greeting people in the crowd, many of whom worked on campaigns of president obama over the last eight or ten years, probably even senate race in the hall. he spent a lot of time greeting them, talking to them.
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thank everybody on the panel. extraordinary night in chicago. history. time to turn over to don lemon and "cnn tonight." >> thank you very much. emotional speech. obamas have left the building. speech given by president with family in the front row making farewell address to america from the mccormick center in chicago. following that story in the news and bombshell information on russia and president-elect. this is "cnn tonight," i'm don lemon. president bottom comes full circle, final speech of his presidency in the place where it all began. >> you are the change. you answered people's hopes and because of you by lm almost every measure america is a better stronger place than it was when we started.
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>> and meanwhile our cnn exclusive, and it is shocking. classified documents presented last week to president-elect donald trump including allegations that russian operatives claim to be compromising personal and -- information about him. according to multiple officials. we'll discuss all of that. right to carl bernstein, and jim sciutto. good evening. jim this is explosive, exclusive. some reporting for us that nation's top intelligence officials briefed president-elect and current president last week by russian efforts to compromise the president-elect. what are you learning? >> a lot of teamwork went into this. multiple officials with knowledge of the briefings tell cnn that classified documents of
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russi russian interference included allegations russians have compromising information about mr. trump. based on memos compiled by former british intelligence operative who is considered credible. now investigating the credibility and accuracy of the allegations against the president-elect based primarily on information from russian sources but not confirmed many essential details in the memos about mr. trump. classified briefings presented by four. senior most u.s. intelligence chiefs. james clapper. james comey, john brennan and admiral mike rogers. two page synopsis also included allegations there was continuing exchange of information during
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the campaign between trump surrogates and intermediaries for the russian government. this according to two national security officials. cnn has confirmed the synopsis included in the documents presented to mr. trump. can't confirm if discussed in the meeting with intelligence chiefs. reached out multiple times to the trump transition team for comment, have not commented, neither has the office -- tweet from president-elect which appeared to reference our story, calling it in his words, fake news, a total political witch hunt. >> that's no the surprising. and legitimacy of these documents, that's going to be what the transition team tries to do, can't be collaborated. even kellyanne conway, there is a comment, they she was on seth meyer's show and asked about your reporting. here's how she responded.
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>> guess what hasn't happened seth, nobody has sourced it. all unnamed unspoken sources. and story says it was based on russian investigator to begin with, where are we -- >> mi-6 british investigator. >> right one of those and may have originated with russian investigator and said that hillary clinton and groups that wanted hillary clinton to win may have been behind the investigations themselves and most importantly says the fbi is trying to confirm it. nothing has been confirmed. and as american citizen regardless of your party or if you don't like politics at all should be concerned that intelligence leaked to the press and won't go stel the president-elect or president of the united states mr. obama what the information is. >> but the press report was about them going to the president. >> and said never briefed him on it, appended --
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>> i believe it said they did brief him on it. >> he has said he's not aware of that. >> jim? >> couple of factual inaccuracies in there. but big picture is yes the allegations not confirmed. but the fact is multiple bodies in washington are taking them seriously, including the intelligence community which took the extraordinary step in including this in intelligence briefings to the president and president-elect, one. two, the fbi is investigating s the allegations now. taking them seriously. and it is not partisan issue, republican and democratic lawmakers are also taking them seriously. we've spoken to lawmakers of both sides, senators and house members, taking them seriously. not confirmed the veracity but
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not dismissing them. >> was it presented to president and president-elect? >> it was indeed in the briefing materials. >> she was wrong? >> we made this distinction that it was included in the briefings materials presented to both president and president-elect and keep in mind they don't put garbage in briefing materials, waste the time of the senior most people of the country with that kind of thing. i will caveat and this may be what she's referring to, we don't know it's discussed at briefing, went into in depth. including the materials, don't know it was part of the verbal discussion. >> but in the original document? >> it was. >> carl? >> my response, this is extraordinary development in the sense that senior intelligence chiefs of the united states of america have taken this body of information and decided that
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going into a new presidency they're going to ensure there will be a full investigation of these allegations. and it's very true we don't know the accuracy of these 35 pages of allegations that come from russian operatives, whose information was given ostensibly to a former mi-6 british intelligence operator. the backstory is kind of interesting. the way this came about was that the mi-6 former intelligence operative with long experience in russia and former soviet union was hired by a washington opposition research firm doing work for opponents of donald trump, both republicans and democrats. and these people in washington came up with a lot of financial information about donald trump's investments including russians,
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his trips to russia, loans from russia, and they decided they needed more investigation. they then hired this former mi-6 investigator who has ostensibly, and american intelligence community confirms this, great sources from russia. he then worked on this for months and he became so concerned by what he found about donald trump, again we don't know the accuracy of the allegations that were given to him by russians, he then took the information to the fbi, to the fbi station in rome in august. gave them what he had found. that information came back to washington. then in -- it's very convoluted story. then a former ambassador to russia from britain also had heard about this information and contacted john mccain.
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and he sent somebody to see the mi-6 former investigator who then came back with these documents. and the documents were turned over to the fbi. again three months after the first turn over, subsequent documents given to the fbi, to comey personally by john mccain. that is the longwinded story. >> so the question s considering what happened with the fbi and hillary clinton during the election, why didn't this come out before the election? >> first of all the question of what is this, harry reed the former democratic leader wrote a letter to the fbi. he was aware of some of these materials and demanded that the fbi release them. fbi did not. said it didn't want in the midst of presidential campaign apparently to release this information. now there is concerted effort by the outgoing intelligence
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officials, some of whom will stay on in the trump administration, but they want to make sure this matter is investigated and that's a big piece. >> jim ask you the same question. when they asked comey about this, similar questions about hacking and who was being investigated for what, he said i'm not making a commitment, can't confirm or deny. which seemed ironic to some of the people questioning him. why didn't it come out before the election? >> first of all, the u.s. intelligence community had to do leg work. haven't confirmed the claims in the allegation. what has changed since then is they've invested the course of these memos, former mi-6 operative with some credibility. been able to krcorroborate somef
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his russian sources as well. >> there was no corroboration on the clinton thing either, came out days later and said it was nothing. >> i can't make judgments for how james comey or intelligence agents make these decisions. comey, if you were to compare it, had many e-mails to compare over time. these are allegations that tonigdon't have a paper trail yet or one confirmed to back it up. it's not my judgment. it's a fair question. as you saw several senators ask him today, didn't have answer for it. that's going to be part of the process. what was the thinking and how much was invested in each of these various investigations, whether clinton e-mails, foundation questions, donald trump's -- and keep in mind, there are two categories of
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allegations in this new material that carl, jake, ed and i have been looking into it. one personal and financial indiscretions or compromising material, plus communications between trump surrogates and russian government operatives during the campaign. both of which are serious, arguably the second one is more serious, idea of coordination. let's look at categories of people looking into it, intelligence community, fbi and we know and carl knows, democratic and republican senators on the hill want to look into it. not a partisan issue. >> going to be serious congressional hearings looking into these allegations, especially about communications between the trump campaign and russians and what they consisted of if there was such communication. going to be in all likelihood a long ride if what we have told
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by the tlenfenc intelligence ofs the case. >> we haven't put up the entire report. why are we reporting what we're reporting and other news organizations are reporting what they're reporting? >> fair question. our decision was based on this, cnn we couldn't confirm all of the allegations, some salacious and personal in this document, and because we couldn't,orial decision to p decision to not put that out there. but focus on the news. that reported this to the president and president-elect and there's an investigation. that's the reason didn't present allegations in public that we could not independently confirm and our sources of which there
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are many told us they have not yet substantiated although said they're investigating it. decision editorally is to stick with the allegations. >> going to be hearings and bipartisan? >> we'll see how bipartisan. >> does john mccain have a hard copy of it? >> he obtained full set of documents by intermediary from the mi-6 investigator. he looked at them and thought they ought to go to the fbi. personally called comey, went in to see him, five minute meeting and that was that. >> interesting. i have to go but how potentially damaging is this? >> you don't speculate on this, learned as reporter, let's see where the facts take us. that's what we need to do. but extraordinary development. >> thank you both. in the final ten days of his
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administration, president barack obama makes final address in front of a cheering crowd in chicago. we're going to take you there.
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president barack obama leaving office in just ten days, giving farewell address to the nation tonight in chicago. here to discuss, michelle kosinski, dana bash, gloria borger and david axelrod. did something happen in chicago
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today? david, start with you. what was it like to be there tonight? >> well, it was a very bitter sweet night because i've known barack obama since he was a young man. i remember my first meeting with him in little diner, someone asked me to talk to hichm. what he said tonight, hitching wagon to something bigger, i think he expressed that to me that night. explained to me why he was interested in public service. i was taken by him then and tonight, every ever deviated from the fundamental principle. and i'm very proud of him tonight. >> let's listen to that moment. >> and that's why i leave this stage tonight even more optimistic about this country than when we started. because i know our work has no
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the only helped so many americans, it has inspired so many americans, especially so many young people out there, to believe that you can make a difference, to hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourselves. >> it's interesting when he talks about that, very -- that sort of sentiment which -- sentiments that thrust him into the spotlight in the democratic national convention. >> i think the spirit of 2004 was very much in this speech but that's one -- when people say what is most important quality that barack obama has, i would say consistency. he has values he believes are fundamental american values and articulates them with conviction and passion. that's very important now. there's a lot of disquiet and division in the country and think his most important message tonight is democracy is not a gift.
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we have to work at it and stay engaged and sometimes your candidate will win and sometimes will lose but it's ultimately this process that gives us our voice and our power. and it only doesn't work if we let cynicism win and people walk away from it. i think this was very important message tonight. >> bring in david gregory as well. you watched the speech and the tone that the president struck tonight with the crowd roaring. listen to this. >> if our democracy is to work the way it should in this increasingly diverse nation, then each one of us need to try to heed the advice of a great character in american fiction, atticus finch, who said you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk
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around in it. for blacks and other minority groups, that means tying our own very real struggles for justice to the challenges that a lot of people in this country face. not only the refugee or the immigrant or rural poor or transgender american but also the middle aged white guy who from the outside may seem like he's got advantages but has seen his world upended by economic and cultural and technological change. we have to pay attention and listen. >> david, he's talking about donald trump's america there. >> well and i want to pick up on what axelrod was just saying because it's so important. the president spoke to tonight the importance of standing by your democracy even when it's hard. for all of those opponents of donald trump, for all of those
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who voted for hillary clinton, were barack obama supporters, now you've got a new political reality. it's still a time to be engaged, civically engaged. he talked about atticus finch, i think from the poet wendell berry, we meshes as citizens have to be able to emergency lives different from ours. he's telling americans of all stripes they have to engage in that if they're going to heal. lot of the differences are idea ideology but fundamental. who you trust, what you trust and who you fear. i was surprised. i thought president would lead more of the opposition tonight. really in position to say there's few people who can do this, outgoing popular president who can say we've got to make
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repairs on the democracy to keep people engaged and try to unite in divisive time. he presided over a divisive time and now we have new one. >> gloria, he asked people marginalized in society to have some empathy or try to put themselves in the shoes of not only other marginalized people, refugees and immigrants and such, but the average white guy whose life has been upended by pe technology. was that poignant for you? did it stand out? >> i think the whole speech was poignant in a way and graceful way for the president of the united states to exit. i think he was trying to talk about the political discourse in this country and what it's become and how dishonest it's become and how it doesn't serve our purposes anymore when we
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don't trust each other or try and put -- understand what the other person's argument is. i think tonight we caught our first glimpse of citizen obama talking about the responsibilities of citizenship. and as we were talking about earlier, this is a president who came in talking about hope and change, and he left talking about fear and talking about how fear can cripple democracy when you let it govern democracy and cripple the constitution. and you know, i think these are things that need to be said, and i think this is something that barack obama's thought a lot about. as we talked earlier, he's a constitutional scholar. and he -- i think these are messages he wanted to give to the country going forward, given the issues that are going to be discussed in this country going forward, whether it's about
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national security and whether you have a muslim ban and on and on. i think it was his way of addressing these issues without directly taking on donald trump. >> and i -- >> hang on dana, i have to go to break. you get the first word on the other side. some wondering where was that message during the campaign from hillary clinton and the president himself. wis that they contourt tempur-peto your body.s... it keeps us comfortable and asleep at night. start the new year off right
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we're back talking about president barack obama making a rousing farewell speech tonight in chicago in front of a cheering crowd and family looking on. dana my question in the vein of what i was talking about with gloria, the president is asking everyone to empathize with each other. and i can hear people on the other side saying where was that empathy for marginalized people and people of color and women and hispanics when they were kept from having a job and now we should are credence for you when it's not legitimate for real until you're suffering as
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well? explain that to me. >> before the break you said was he reaching out to trump's america? i think that's a good way to frame it. especially that key nut in the speech that struck you clearly don, definitely struck me right away, about trying to tie people who are african-american or of color who feel they haven't gotten a fair shake to people who are white and middle aged and out of a job and feel like they can't get a fair shake and put them all together. my original thought is this is barack obama trying to steer the democratic party, having an identity crisis about which of these to go for and championing, saying you can do both. and to your point about trump's america, this was his reaching out to trump's america, but it's
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also the historic democratic party. so he's trying to bring it all together as he exits the stage to say, you know, we got to do a better job, not just the party but leaders, the institutions, everybody and everything that voters who supported donald trump railed against, which is why they demanded change in the form of donald trump. >> michelle kosinski, the question i asked before the break is, many democrats are wondering where was this message during the election? why didn't you or hillary clinton or the democratic party reach out to those people, trump america as we put it here, during the election? >> yeah i know. seen that circulating plenty on social media too. i think that's natural response to this. there are questions about the power of his speech in that way at that point. i think he felt like he needed to counter the rhetoric at the
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time and counter it strongly. and there are questions about how far does that go. that's part of what he was talking about here. when you look at this, expecting optimistic message, there was some of that. but this was as much as anything else a big cautionary tale. he lie laid out in great detail all the things he feels are serious threats to democracy itself right now, inequality, racial divisions, complacency, even people just not listening to each other and fake news. seemed to be calling it all out, people retreating into bubbles, warning moving forward and even called out briefly russia and china. he wanted to put that out there, get it on the record as these are the things we've seen and then to try to get that inspirational message at the
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end. if you don't like what you're seeing, you need to do something about it, and he still believes that people can work together. but you actually have to get out there and try. so this was really part optimism, the inspiration and believe are still there, but also a big message from the campaign, the outcome of the election, which is you have to be careful. you can't let things go out of control or as he put it, with naked partisanship, democracy itself is at risk. >> good night from dana bash in chicago and -- go ahead david, i got to get to the break. >> i think part of this was his attempt to say to his supporters and democrats, you can't assume these things were done. you elect the first black president, won't have racial problems or coalition of women and minorities and young people it's straight line and all democrats all the time.
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there are setbacks and sometimes you lose and have to recalibrate but still moving in a direction, his support and obama coalition is big part of where the country is going demographically. this is a time for democrats to recalculate and i thought he made it clear he's going to be a voice in the rebuilding of the party. young enough and active enough to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and organize again. >> thank you to all of you. we'll be right back. [vo] quickbooks introduces rodney.
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