Almost minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his farewell address Tuesday night, CNN jumped into whining about not being able to hear such deep speech from President-elect Donald Trump. “Also as we think about the next president about to take office, I mean, their speaking styles could not possibly be any more different,” noted moderator, Anderson Cooper, as unseen members of his panel laughed.
“We’re not going to be hearing a speech LIKE THIS from a sitting president for the next four or eight years,” he continued to bemoan, as CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash chimed in to glorify Obama’s speech delivering acumen:
And let's be honest, one of the reasons—one of the main reasons—the many reasons Barack Obama did burst on the scene is because of the way he gives a speech. I mean, he's an orator, that's who he is. And that’s why he can hit it out of the park like this. And you're absolutely right, Anderson. I mean, it's going to be a while. Who knows how long before we can hear a speech like this.”
According to panelist John Avlon of The Daily Beast, there was a lot to be impressed about in Obama’s speech. “It was a Progressive profession of faith, but it was rooted in deeply conservative values. It was rooted in deeply American values,” Avlon opined, “And while he issued a warning about the future, it was rooted in a reaffirmation of basic citizenship. And that’s why ultimately it's uniting, not a partisan take. It transcends that.”
The embarrassing level of swooning for the president from the two CNN personalities exposed who they preferred to listen too.