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and opposing the nomination. as always we take your calls and you can join the conversation at facebook and twitter. washington journal is next. host: good morning, it's monday, january 9, 2017. the house convenes at noon while the senate begins at noon. there are nine different come from asian hearing. also this week, donald trump's wednesday press conference in president obama's farewell address. that farewell address is where we begin, as president obama prepares to make his last major speech. a columnist criticize the president last week for talking much but saying little. he called it president obama's empty, in consequence of reputation for speaking well.
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we're asking our viewers to think back and tell us if there is a speech or phrase you think will be particularly memorable when history looks back on the 44th president. what one speech or one phrase will stick with you? give us a call. our four lanes are open -- our phone lines are open this morning. you can also catch up with us on social media, on twitter, @cspan _wj. and on facebook.com/c-span. good monday morning. we begin with the column from last week, the headline "an unfortunate change agent," referring to president obama, the outgoing president of the united states. he says the president obama in that column that obama has been among the most loquacious of our presidents, by can you call to mind from his niagara of
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rhetoric a venerable sentence or phrase? his power the ability to achieve intended effects, his rhetoric has been powerless to produce anything but an empty, inconsequential reputation for speaking well. that that threey presidents, george were world figures before becoming before becoming president and i remembered primarily for what they did before. eisenhower rebuffed his age request, that he makes more use of the new medium for marketing himself. "i can think of nothing more boring than to sit in your living room for a half-hour looking at my face on your television screen." eisenhower left office three popular. we're coming to the end of president obama's term in office, and you want to hear from you about his reputation as a speaker. is there a memorable speech, a phrase that sticks out for you, or do you agree that president obama will have an empty, inconsequential reputation for
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well?ng"i we talk about this the day before president obama's farewell address has been scheduled. their storyand about that farewell address noting that he is said to strike an optimistic tone, calling on the american people to work together as citizens as he prepares to rejoin the ranks. "the running thread has been when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together in collective effort, things change for the better." he said that in his saturday radio address, referring to his speech tuesday. it will take place in chicago. the story goes on to say that every president since george washington has delivered a farewell address. president obama will be unusual in that he will return to his hometown of chicago, addressing reporters at the mccormick place convention center, a few miles from grant park, where he celebrated his election victory in 2008. we want to hear from you about one sentence, phrase, or speech
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that sticks out to you about president obama, and your thoughts on the column. frank is up first from silver spring, maryland. republican. good morning. caller: i think the most memorable phrase he spoke was where if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance, and if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. then he passed a very bad law using that now famous phrase. with a storyday" about obamacare's medical history, and also how america feels, and how divided it is over obamacare. the chart at the bottom of the page showing the approval, favorable and unfavorable rating for obamacare the affordable care act,, since 2010. march 23, president obama signed the patient protection and affordable care act, there's a picture of signing ceremony. at that time, the affordable
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care act with approval ratings nearing 50%. you can see the blue line with the favorable ratings, the red line with unfavorable ratings. 53% in 2014, when the supreme court ruled that employers with religious objections do not have to cover contraceptives, and the u.s. court of appeals for the d.c. circuit struck down the use of tax credits and federal exchanges. the u.s. court of appeals for the first circuit court upheld the law. you can see the history of the afford will care act. we're talking about president obama's eight years in office, about his reputation as a speaker. we want to hear your thoughts on his memorable phrase or memorable speech, paul is up in milwaukee, democrat. good morning. caller: good morning. i'd like to mention his saying about trayvon martin. "if i had a son, he would be like trayvon martin." that's just a bunch of nothing to me. host: do you agree? i think we lost paul.
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renee is up in westchester, pennsylvania, independent. good morning. caller: good morning. hi. a fair job.id just think he kept trying to be peaceful, thinking he could work closely, which i just think you needed to be a little more aggressive. but i think what everyone needs to worry about is the president coming in. who's never shown his income tax. that is the one we need to worry about, and what is he up to? thank you. host: did you think president obama was a good speaker? remember?you caller: a lot of things. the president coming in lax intellect. i hate to say it, i don't mean
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to be cruel, but he lacks intellect. i think obama's speech -- i can't pick one out, but, i think he was really great. host: on facebook, two comments and want to bounce off you. dave writes, "without a teleprompter, barack obama was a disaster." empty man who can give a good speech, but he has no moral compass." host: oh, he has a moral compass. he was a family man. the whenlike i said, coming in is the one to be questioned, as far as morals, values, and a lot of other things. thievery, deception. questioning obama -- obama looks like a boy scout compared to
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this man. host: we want to focus on the past eight years, and particularly all the speeches that president obama has given over those eight years. is there one phrase, one values, andsentence, one speechs out for you, that you will remember when you look back at the 44th president? rick in florida, a democrat. good morning. caller: good morning, sir. add to the sentiment from the lady for pennsylvania. i really don't give a darn what speeches or what mr. obama has said. our president has served with dignity and has served well as our president. i can't say that for our incoming president. some of the things that he has that have already been proven to be lies, and i don't think that he's going to be able to get to heaven as easily as president obama is. thank you very much. host: president obama, the 44th
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thatdent, began in 2009 at speech at his inauguration. what president obama had to say that january day. >> today, i say to you that the challenges we face are real. they are serious and they are many. they will not emit easily or in a short span of time. but know this, america, they will be met. [cheers and applause] >> on this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear. unity of purpose over conflict and discord. on this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recrimination and worn-out judgments that for far too long have strangled our politics. but inin a young nation,
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the words of scripture, "the time has come to set aside childish things." the time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit, to choose our better history, to carry forward that precious gift, that idea passed on from generation to generation, that god-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. [cheers and applause] host: in this morning on "washington journal," we are focusing on george wills's column from last week, in which he refers to president obama as an unfortunate change agent. he calls obama in that column, the obama years in that column, an -- "any summation on his impact should begin with this. in 2008 he assured supporters that 'we are the ones we haven't waiting for. we are the change we seek.
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soon you will be replaced by someone who says 'i alone can fix it.'" that presidentay that president obama has a reputation for an empty, inconsequential reputation for speaking well. we want to ask our viewers if you agree withwe want to ask ouf you agree with that, specifically on president obama's speeches, what he has had to say. is there a phrase or speech that stands out for you? we will show you some of the other speeches over the course of the past eight years from the outgoing president. we want to hear from you. beverly is up next to daytona beach, independent. good morning. caller: good morning. host: go ahead. what will you remember? caller: well, the thing i remember is when he said that president-elect trump is not able to be president. but you know what the beautiful thing about america, is that he had his turn to be president,
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and now president trump has his turn. that's what's beautiful about america. everybody is not going to say everything to everyone, but we all get a chance to vote, y'all get a chance to love our country, and make it great again. what president obama says, that he said that president trump is not 50 president, but the beautiful thing about it is president obama got his turn to be president, and now the president-elect gets his turn. trump gives his turn. host: that will begin on january 20, the president-elect is sworn in. randy is in fort worth, texas. republican. good morning. caller: good morning. thanks for taking my call. i just want to say, my phrase was if you want your doctor, you can keep your doctor. i voted for him in 2008, and i wanted to be a part of history, the first black african-american president, but i was
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disappointed the whole eight years. the same thing with the hillary phenomenon. you want the first female president -- you just can't stick people in office. this is a prime example, of why we just can't put an unqualified person in office. the whole eight years, as i mentioned, has been a disaster. he hasn't proposed any large proposals that the american people wanted. executive orders -- this is no way to run a country. host: were you a donald trump supporter in the 2016 election? >> i wa caller: i was a doll trust supporter from the beginning and i thought he was the best person for this country because he is an outsider. i was a cruz supporter here in cruz, but i've seen how stepped back and didn't really support the party, none of the bushes supported the party, so trump is the only true american out there that stands for this
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country. host: you said president obama proved why we shouldn't put an unqualified person and office. do you think donald trump is qualified? caller: well, according to the bill of rights, back in the day, these were people running for office, they weren't professional politicians. you had people like doctors and bankers. they would serve their country is congressman or senator and get out. that you have these full-time who'scians, like mccain, staying and repeatedly -- and gr hese, senator graham -- t are the people we don't need. we need somebody like an outsider, looking from the outside in, who's there with the people. i am a city truck driver, rubbing shoulders of people every day. i talked to people every day. we don't want a professional
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politician. we want somebody like trump, who can truly make america great again. host: you will be happy to learn that the term limits legislation has been reintroduced in this congress. is one ofted cruz those leading the charge on that term limit legislation. we're focusing on the past eight years, president obama's presidency. his farewell address is tomorrow. viewers ifng our you agreed with george will of "the washington post," whether he has had an empty, inconsequential reputation for speaking well, or is there one speech that you think defines president obama, one phrase that you think will define him? kevin is in chicago, democrat. go ahead. caller: good morning. i do not understand this question. what is the relevance of a george will opinion piece? an articulate president sandwiched between two
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inarticulate presidents, namely george w. bush who couldn't put a sentence together, and someone even worse, donald trump. so to question this author's -- member, he published two books before he was president, bestsellers -- he won a nobel prize. his rhetoric is not in question. wills should not be at the center of a national discussion. partisan, opinionated individual, who will of course say he is an empty suit. he's felt like that all along. a couple quotes. "we worship an awesome god, and like federal agents poking around our libraries in red states."
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"we coach little league in blue states and have sins in rich states." his whole presidency is rife with those statements, and asking people to pick out one statement, that is jingoism. he doesn't have a make america great again slogan, because that is jingoism. first, let's talk about that. where does that come from? that came from not to sympathizers during world war ii. and the media has not discussed. you have to educate the public. make america great again is jingoism. jingoism is dangerous. have a good morning. host: thanks, kevin. deborah is in auburn hills, michigan. good morning. caller: good morning. good morning, can you hear me? host: yes, ma'am. caller caller: ok.
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i remember the phrase "the tide will raise all ships." "the tide will raise all ships." in for a lot of individuals, urban areas, in rural areas, their ship will not raise. i wouldd orator, have liked to see more things done in urban and rural areas. and thank you, great question. host: appreciate it. chuck, is there one phrase that sticks out to you, that you think you will remember decades from now? caller: you talking to me now, sir? host: white plains, indiana. caller: oh, yes. god's country. is. there after that church catastrophe, when he sang "amazing grace," i cried. is. honestly, i did. wasn't that great?
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what other president could have done that? host: you are talking about president obama's remarks at the memorial service after the charleston -- caller: yes. didn't he says singing? wasn't it "amazing grace?" it was "amazing grace." we'll come back and talk to about it. >> if we can find that grace, anything is possible. [applause] >> if we can tap that grace, everything can change. [applause] >> amazing grace. grace. grace ♪g
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>> [cheers and applause] >> ♪ how sweet the sound ♪ [cheers and applause] >> ♪ that saved a wretch like me ♪ ♪ i once was lost but now found blind but now i see blind
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but ♪ [cheers and applause] >> he found that grace. cynthia found that grace. susie found that greece. grace.ound that they found that grace. daniel found that grace. sheronda found that grace. myra found the grace. to the example of their lives, they passed on to us. may we find ourselves worthy of that precious and extraordinary gift. endure, mayur lives grace now leave them home. indiana, youn
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brought up this moment. why do you think this will be memorable? caller: that was -- he brought me to tears again. that was, it was heartfelt, and he really meant it. that's the person he is, he's great. i miss him already and he's not even gone. caller: president obama giving his farewell address tomorrow in chicago. we're asking about this george will's column that calls president obama -- saying he has an empty reputation for speaking well. we ask if you agree with that or if there is a moment or speech that you will remember from president obama, some comment from twitter, steve harrison says "'there's not a liberal america and conservative america, there is a united states of america." one of his most amazing speeches without sandy hook memorial, where he made every child and
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told each of their stories. "hope we canr, believe in, change turned into soaring speeches with vocabulary, exploits beyond the average public." will ismore, "george wrong. eight years of peace and safety and rational leadership -- president obama didn't have to say a thing." asking you to call in, for democrats, republicans, indepen dents. let us know if you agree with george will, or if you want to bring of a specific speech or quote from the president. clara is in kansas city, missouri. republican. go ahead. caller: good morning. yes. i remember his speech at the united nations, where he said that if you slander the prophet mohammed, the future does not
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belong to you, and then at the prayer breakfast, he accused christians of killing people at the crusades, and when he went to egypt, they really thought there wasn't a christian in america because he said we are not a christian nation. i know there are many people here who are not christian, but we still consider ourselves christian. i'm very disappointed in those things. religionp some other and put down christianity. that is what i remember most. host: linda and los angeles, democrat. good morning. caller: good morning. one ofber every president obama's speeches where children were killed by guns. how soon the people who are
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watching forget. thank you, goodbye. host: ryan in flagstaff, arizona. independent. good morning. caller: good morning. host: go ahead. caller: two points to make. first, george will's comment is empty, because speaking well in and of itself is a virtue. the second point is america has never experienced a healthy president. we have always had people involved that has had special interests, and frankly, narcissistic tendencies. those are the personality types that ascend to those positions. thirdly, we must become free and means takingat responsibility for our own lives and enacting legislation that allows us to control our own
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destiny, and that means a revolution. prerogative as americans, and i look forward to the day when we organize and become independent individuals, working toward our own common best interest. and i hope that we also learn that corporate america has usurped our own destiny, and we have to take charge of our own economic policies so we can once again manifest what america means. independence and freedom for all. economic policies so we can once host: ok. a couple more comments from twitter. "obama will go down in history as the guy who got trump elected." "out of context, anything can sound bad." mike in north carolina, republican. good morning. is there one speech or phrase you remember? caller: no, not really.
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i'll be honest upfront. i am not a fan of president obama. i'm going to tend to agree with mr. will here. i think it was a lot of empty rhetoric. i think he speaks wonderfully. i think he has a wonderful command of the language and his ability to orate is incredible, it really is. i think that's what carried him through those eight years. if he had been as much of a fogler or bumbler as george w. bush -- in iowa republican, but he hadadmit that -- words like -- i can't member how he butchered nuclear. but behind the rhetoric, there he had words likewas nothing. there was nothing there. the classic line to me was the red line in the sand with syria. he said great things, but i think he said mostly so he could
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hear himself talk. there was a great deal of narcissism there, and that follows with many presidents, got to be a little bit of ego involved. but that's my opinion. i don't want to tear mr. obama down as he is heading out the got to be a little bit of egodoor. host: mike, before you go, do you think he tried to take on too many topics, or that when he was speaking, he spoke about many different things that didn't focus on one thing? mike.t we are talking about george will's column, in which he calls president obama an unfortunate change agent. one other graph from that column to show our viewers. he writes that he assured congressional democrats that they could safely vote for obamacare because "you've got me." he demonstrated his magic and seven years later it remains unpopular, and "they" are fewer
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than they were. 11 fewer senators than on january 20, 2009. on january 20, president-elect trump will be sworn in. we are looking back on the 44th president, asking you if there is a specific phrase or speech that will stick out. tonya is in oakland. good morning. caller: good morning. host: go ahead. caller: i don't have one specific thing that president obama has said. i have listened to him carefully, and i enjoyed the way he tried, always, to bring the people together. what happened here is that the republicans refused to listen to him, decided before he ever started that they would block anything he tried to do, and they did that, even if it took
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the country down. we are in the shape we are in now because we have had eight years of instruction. this is easy to check. you can go back and look. they promised before the man started his presidency that their main job was to bring him down, and in doing so, they weren't afraid that they would bring the country down with him. they got people to be afraid of everything. and people are not listening to anything, but those people who are putting him down, and who began to put him down before he ever started. the man really showed that even though he was called a liar in public, in the middle of the speech, he was called a liar, they brought netanyahu into this
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country and disrespected him in every way they could, but president obama stood on bringing people together. he never had a scandal. he never had a thing that went on that wasn't aboveboard. he should be given credit for all of that. but he was -- they tried to bring him down from the beginning, and they didn't mind taking the country with them. host: tonya in california. christine is in charlotte, north carolina. independent. good morning. caller: good morning. i'm so glad to finally get through. i wanted to point out a couple of things before i tell you, ultimately -- do i need to turn this up? host: i can hear you, go ahead. caller: great. say, thed like to gentleman that called up and said trump is an outsider,
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that's not true. he is an insider because of his business connections. the first president and the first people that were involved were very learned men, and people need to learn that. as is our current president. people saying that his words they weren't.d what happens with every president, before they get into office, they swear things and they probably mean it, and they find out there are things that they can do, and that's natural. but this is the only president i have had -- people say they went in to block it. they said it, which was a standing. but maya angelou -- i would love to member who that person would -- "make america great again," someone called up and said that, and i would really like to dissect what that means. the media has yet to define
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that, and the president-elect has yet to define that. ingt but not least, question the president-elect does not mean not owning him as a president. that means we are being alert. maya angelou said "i may not know what you said, but i remember how you made the feel." whenever i heard president obama speak, i felt uplifted and encouraged. thank you. host: christine. president obama was on abc's "this week," gave an interview and talked with george stephanopoulos yesterday about how history would view him. here's a little bit from the interview. him.d story about he goes to 1962. greaterhe the man, the easier it is a described the menacing the sentence." what is your sentence? >> what was jfk's answer.
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think maybe the obamace is "president believes deeply in hi this democracy and the american people." as i reflect back on what has worked for me in this office, it has been that i've gotten people who maybe didn't believe in the process to get engaged. ironically, i have even gotten the other side that didn't believe in the process. i gather i'm the father of the tea party. i invigorated the grassroots of the republicans and democrats.
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health care got done because there were a lot of people out there who aren't professional politicians but our citizens who pushed for it even when the politics was hard. host: that was president obama on bbc's "this week." i want to hear from you, as we are looking back on eight years of the obama presidency about his speeches, about his words. is there one speech that sticks out for you? george will in his column in "the washington post" last week referred to president obama's empty reputation for speaking well. do you agree with that? if not, let us know. danny is in charlotte, north carolina. democrat. go ahead. caller: good morning. for me, it was another speech that obama gave that made me feel like we are on the right track. host: which inauguration speech? caller: when he was first elected.
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it just made me feel like the country was ready to go in the right direction. most people were on board with him, trying to do the right thing. what changed for me was when i heard mitch mcconnell say that the only objective they had was to make him a one term president. i couldn't understand why, before president obama even got into office or try to do anything, they would stop them at the door. i thought this was america, not just one side or the other side, but for everyone. that is what i thought president obama was going to do. they stopped him before he even got a chance. luckily, he kept pushing forward, he kept trying to do the right thing for everyone. that's what i think, and i still see that in him. donald trump, i don't know. i don't see what he's -- giving a speech or a tweet that unites
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the country. host: we lost danny. yes,itter, "the phrase is debt,, but his legacy is distracting people with supporting the surveillance state, special interest, and warmongering." taking your comments of her twitter, over facebook, and you can call. we've been showing you some of the president's words over the past eight years. waynesboro, mississippi. republican. good morning. caller: good morning. host: go ahead. caller: good morning. host: you are on the air, go ahead. caller: i'm sorry. i agree with george will, that he is an empty reputation for speaking. he does speak eloquently, but i'll always a member him saying
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the cambridge police acted stupidly. i believe that set off a firebomb in this country. host: remind us of the situation when he said that. caller: when the cops arrested the professor, or the professor was trying to get into his home, and he was acting crazy, and the police were trying to figure out why he was trying to get into that home, and it turned out he belonged in that home, but it ended at the summit. host: cohead. -- go ahead. that's what you'll remember? caller: that's what i remember. i believe he set off a firebomb in this country with that, with those words. caller why ishost: why is that? caller: it set everybody against everybody, that is what started the whole thing. that is the reason why we have the issues that we have now with ferguson in
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baltimore and everything else. colleen.'s go to k independent. good morning. go ahead, colleen. caller: hello. ok. i'd say that obama is a good speaker, but the topic here is emptiness. they sound good but they don't follow through. my remembrance is shovel ready. we are shovel ready. we have sinkholes in michigan, which i have never heard of, i thought that was only in florida and california. swampy areas. also i'd like to say to the earlier color on make america great again, that' pertains to the shovel ready. our airports, our total infrastructure is falling to pieces. it used to be great, we had skyscrapers being built.we have nothing anymore being built
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. i left in shanghai for two years. there are skyscrapers everywhere, massive buildings. what's going on over here? nothing new. everything is decaying. we need to be more purple rather than red and blue, and that's all i have to say, thank you. caller: ted in princeton, new jersey. democrat. good morning. caller: hello. feel similar to what other people have expressed. if we had -- whether it was mitch mcconnell or the majority representative -- that said they were going to, instead of working with this president, to try and find the middle ground and accomplish something that everybody could agree upon, even though it wouldn't be anything that one side really wanted to go all the way with, then for george will to say his
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a coupl accomplishments were not is for him to say that the conservative movement and the party affiliates with has not been part of the problem, that they haven't made his presidency devoid of many accomplishments for the last six years at least. my other comment -- the woman from missouri earlier who remarked about his statement in egypt, that i don't remember, that we're not a christian nation. i watch this show frequently, i listen and hear him frequently, i know the majority of this country, ever since the europeans outnumbered the natives, has been christian. we have also had muslims and jews fighting in the american revolution, and we have had other people here.
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we have had chinese in the 19th century helped build the railroad's. what people need to understand is that the founding fathers did not make a christian nation. they made a secular country that everyone is entitled to their own faith and belief, and they will be respected, and that people's religious practices are not to be inhibited or thwarted or in any way interfered with, unless of course we get the religious practice that does something terrible to other people and so forth. people,vast majority of that's all to be respected. and they should be. but that does not make us a christian nation. we are a nation that is essentially secular with a deep and abiding respect for everyone, including christians. host: got your point. we're talking about president obama, his speeches,'s words over the years. we want to hear from you about memorable phrases, memorable speeches, when you look back on the 44th president.
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sonya a few minutes ago talked about his words when it came to race relations, police community relations. president obama touched on that last year at a memorial service for police officer who was shot in dallas. here is a bit of president obama from that event. >> i know that americans are struggling right now with what we witnessed over the past week. first the shootings in minnesota. the protests. targeting of police by the shooter here. an act not just of demented violence but of racial hatred. it's left this wound, and anger, and hurt. the deepest fall line of
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our democracy, suddenly exposed, perhaps even widened. and although we know that such divisions are not new, though they have surely been worse and even recent past, that offers is little comfort. violence, weis wonder if the devise of race in america can ever be bridged. we wonder if an african-american community that feels unfairly targeted by police and police departments that feel unfairly t maligned can never understand each other's experience. or surf thehe tv internet, and we can watch positions harden and lines drawn. people retreat to their respective corners. politicians calculate how to grab attention or avoid the
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fallout. harde all this, and it's not to think sometimes that the center won't hold, and that things make it worse. i understand. i understand how americans are feeling. saydallas, i am here to that we must reject such despair. i'm here to insist that we are not as divided as we think. i know that because i know america. i know how far we have come against impossible odds. [applause] >> i know we will make it because of what i have
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experienced in my life. what i have seen of this country and its people. their goodness and decency, as president of the united states. and i know it because of what we have seen here in dallas. ffer, but have su shown us the meaning of perseverance and character. and hope. host: that was president obama last year in dallas. we have about 15 minutes left in the segment of "washington journal." we want to hear from you about what you remember when it comes to the president's words and speeches. we are asking if you agree with george will of "the washington post," who wrote last week about president obama's empty, inconsequential reputation for speaking well. you can give us a call in about 15 minutes. we will begin focusing on one of the any confirmation hearings -- the many information hearings
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this week, the attorney general confirmation, senator jeff sessions, republican from alabama, who has been nominated by president-elect trump for the post. here's the headline from "washington times." be breaking down the confirmation. let's talk about senator sessions in washington, d.c. and alabama with susan crabtree of "the washington examiner," a senior congressional reporter, and steve flowers, columnist, commentator from alabama . we will be doing that at our 8:00 hour. this is one of many confirmations taking place this week. here's a breakdown from "the wall street journal." on tuesday, senator sessions will begin his along with retired general john kelly, who has been nominated for the department of homeland security. on wednesday, sessions's confirmation hearing will continue, along with
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confirmation hearings for transportation secretary, state department, education secretary, and the head of the cia. on thursday, more confirmation hearings. defense,tment of commerce secretary, secretary of housing and urban development. we'll be talking about them all week long. we will have them covered all week long on c-span, as we try to follow his busy schedule on capitol hill. back to the phones, as we are talking about his speeches, stephanie is in highland, california, democrat. what will you remember? caller: i will remember all of his speeches. i am so proud of what he tried to do for this country. we all know that he was obstructed from
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everything he tried to do, a majorityr had , he was always with the independents. he'se will, you know, nobody. he's a reporter, he's not a president. allopinion of obama is like the rest of the republicans' opinions of obama. there is racism in this country. we were all hoping he would bring the country together. and all of a sudden, where's the tea party? they sure have lost the map. already saying what trump promises and what he said he will do, based on what he is doing now -- you get what you take.
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already saying what all those people who voted for george bush, and then turned around and opposed everything obama did, shame on you. host: ok. angela in saint petersburg, florida. independent. what will you remember? caller: hi. say thereust like to are so many speeches from obama that are great. but i would say when it comes to obamacare -- sorry, the health care marketplace -- i lost my job five years ago, and have done temp work since. if it were not for obamacare, i'd be dead or bankrupt, which is basically the same thing in america. canadians -- my family are -- consider our health care system barbaric. that's what i'm going to remember him for. thank you. otherwise, i wouldn't be able to see a doctor. have a great day. host: amelia is in augusta, made. republican. good morning. caller: good morning. thanks for taking my call. i have thought many times about
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the one thing that i will always remember that obama said. yes, he's a great speaker, and before he left for christmas -- i don't know if i can say it correctly -- that he took putin aside and he told him, with a puffed chest, that he better stop where there will be direct repercussions, and that putin stopped. so i said great, he did something. then he comes back and says, we're going to go get him, and we will take all the russians out and do this. what happened to that statement that he made on tv, and i know i heard incorrectly, that putin stopped? when he told them to stop, he stopped, but yet he went back on what he said before christmas -- after christmas -- and to me, as a parent, that was like saying to a child, if you stick your finger in it for more time i will slap it, and you slap im anyway. host: amelia in maine. one frome tweets,
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jenkins on twitter. "as as a young black man, his speeches give confidence to us ." rick on twitter, "what he will remember is when you are a star, they let you do it they want to. oh, my bad, wrong guy." bernard in elk grove, california. what will you remember from his speeches over the past eight years ? caller: good morning, john. speeches.ber all his his speeches were so full of love and compassion, because he really cared about people, you felt that. everybody does it, even haters know that. do you think there is a phrase that will be associated with president obama, when we look back in years to come? what phrasal you associate with the 44th president? caller: well, what he said, change.
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he brought change. abody, even myself, thought black man can be president in america, because we thought america was too racist for that, but he did it, he achieved it, and that showed everybody that people in america can love, no matter what. it made us feel good but now, everything is going backwards. --ve got a president that is his speeches are full of demagoguery. he can even complete a sentence. but they love him, and there's a lot of people who hate obama, because he expressed love and compassion, and there are a lot of people who were empty. that is why they think his speeches are empty, because they are empty, and they can't hear him. host: got your point.
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we played president obama -- part of his first inaugural address back in 2009, january 20. here's a little bit from president obama's second inaugural address, january 21, 2013. >> to the american people can no more me the demands by acting alone and american soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. no single person can free all the -- to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people. [cheers and applause] >> this generation of americans
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has been tested by crazies that steal our resolve -- crises that steal our resolve. the decade of war is now ending. [cheers and applause] >> an economic recovery has begun. [cheers and applause] >> america's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demand. diversity ande, openness, an endless capacity for risk, and a gift for reinvention. my fellow americans, we are made for this moment, and we will see this so long as we seize it together. [cheers and applause] >> for we the people understand that our country cannot succeed
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when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. [cheers and applause] >> we believe that america's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. we know that america thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work. when the wages of honest laborers liberate families from the brink of hardship. we are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chances to succeed as anybody else because she is an american, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of god, but also in our own. host: george will, in his column obama,ek about president talks about the president's rhetoric and says it has been powerless to produce anything but an empty, in consequence of reputation -- inconsequential reputation for speaking well.
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"george will is wrong. president obama speaks well and with substance. the best quote is 'elections have consequences.'" "a phrase associated with barack obama is 'thanks, obama.' some say it sarcastically and some not." michael and excelsior springs, misery. democrats. what we remember. caller: thank you for taking my call. i want to comment -- i want to see if you can play a clip with mr. will and the rest of the people that voted for the president-elect -- and i want to see if there will be a congressional hearing on this thing, and if not, maybe they should go back and check people that are accused of that. thank you. host: all right. a, is in sentiment california. republicans. what will you remember? caller: happy new year, john. thanks for taking the call.
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this is a remarkable president. i remember vividly and standing in the park in chicago, the fact that we had elected a truly black president was pretty shocking for just about every american to contemplate ask them in 2008, especially in the economic environment we were in. one thing -- this is a little off-the-cuff -- one thing that president obama has shown is that men of color, women of color, can speak eloquently, that hey can express themselves, that the days of ebonics are over for people of color. thingk that's a fabulous and we need to have more emphasis on that. one quote that was impressive was when he took out osama bin
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laden. along with the touching miss of empathy for and his joe biden in the loss of their son, the humanity is the issue. and i think, as we look back on going todency, he's have some pretty strong boots to fill. he was at least trying, pushing against the tide, as my dad used to say. you can't push things uphill with your nose, and it was a very difficult thing he had to face, with all the forces of the republican party railed against him. but you know what? we will go on. we had lbj, we got over him. we had jimmy carter, we got over
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richard nixon. not so good sometimes and we will have to trudge on. in the meantime, president obama has left one heck of a great legacy. host: that is ron, are less caller -- our last caller. we will look at the career of jeff sessions, the man tapped as attorney general. susan crabtree and one of alabama's most respected political communis columnists, e flowers. we will have a panel discussion. kristin clark will join us. she is president of the lawyers committee for civil rights under law. , the senatesmith committee former chief counsel. that is all coming up this morning on "washington journal." ♪
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