The goodbye that really isn't

As I recall, President Reagan gave a nice and pleasant farewell speech from the Oval Office in 1989.  I really don't remember President George H.W. Bush or President Clinton saying goodbye.  I missed those two!  President George W. Bush did say goodbye, but it was spoiled a bit by the story of the plane dramatically landing on the Hudson River.    Last night, President Obama said goodbye in something that looked a lot more like a campaign rally than a farewell speech.  Some in the crowd were even screaming “four more years.”  We confirmed later that President Obama’s goodbye was rather long: Clinton spoke for 7 minutes, 25 seconds; Reagan spoke for 20 minutes, 42 seconds; and George W. Bush spoke for 13 minutes, 7 seconds. Obama spoke for 51 minutes, 10 seconds, nearly 10 minutes longer than the other three put together. Obama also broke from the tradition of delivering his final speech from the...(Read Full Post)