12.23.16. Obama: Exit Strategy


This week on Middle Theory, President Obama and his departure from the presidency is examined, during the final days of his second term.

We kick things off this week on Middle Theory with a bit of holiday cheer, as well as some commentary on Christmas sweaters. More specifically, Samantha Bee and Glenn Beck donned their tackiest Christmas pullovers to sit down and have a chat about community, cooperation, and catastrophism across party lines in the face of “Trumpism”. We also take a look at how Trump has apparently threatened to upend US nuclear weapons policy, which seems to contrast strangely with Trump releasing a letter from Putin asking to ‘restore’ US-Russia relationship.

Then in the second part of the show, we examine President Obama’s “exit strategy”, in terms of how his final days in audience will likely reflect on or influence world affairs. Key to this are how Obama sees the strength and unity of the Democratic party, as well as how Obama could influence the international climate during his final days in office, in keeping with ongoing controversies about Russian influence during the recent U.S. election.

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One thought on “12.23.16. Obama: Exit Strategy

  1. So, the anti freedom of speech “fake news” bill has been pushed through with the NDAA after stalling in congress by itself multiple times, just like they do every year with the things the people do not want, but they do. And as far as I am aware, by doing this, President Trump (if he/his-party even wanted to) can not undo it – at least for a year?. We all need to be defended, right?!?!?!?

    Including words like “state and non-state propaganda” (take special note of the non-state part – this is you). Welcome to the new world, where to question mein fuhrer, and their *obvious* lies, is to be “fake news” and you are now an enemy of the state, or a terrorist.

    Was this pushed through early because of a loss of establishment, and maybe because of pizza gate? There is no direct evidence for pizza gate (although if you read the actual emails in question, it is obvious that pizza is code for something – something which the words around it don’t fit many other scenarios), but I do wonder, based on the timing of the “fake news” discussion..

    Just maybe, this is to cover up the biggest *cough* secret in american politics – that power corrupts. Oh wait… It’s not that big of a secret, its just forgotten/ignored when it comes to some powerful people.

    Anyway, enjoy the ministry of truth, my friends.

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