President Obama’s final speech to Americans wouldn’t have been complete if he hadn’t talking about himself dozens of times.
The outgoing commander-in-chief focused on himself 75 times to be exact during the 51-minute farewell address.
Speaking to supporters in Chicago, Obama cast his remarks not to much on what the American people accomplished during his eight years in office, but rather what he did.
“Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people – in living rooms and schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant outposts – are what have kept me honest, kept me inspired, and kept me going. Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man,” Obama said in the opening paragraph.
“I first came to Chicago when I was in my early twenties, still trying to figure out who I was; still searching for a purpose to my life,” he said.
Obama said later, “I committed to President-Elect Trump that my administration would ensure the smoothest possible transition, just as President Bush did for me.”
Speaking about having faith in America, Obama again looked inward:
Mine sure has been. Over the course of these eight years, I’ve seen the hopeful faces of young graduates and our newest military officers. I’ve mourned with grieving families searching for answers, and found grace in Charleston church. I’ve seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch, and our wounded warriors walk again. I’ve seen our doctors and volunteers rebuild after earthquakes and stop pandemics in their tracks. I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us of our obligations to care for refugees, to work in peace, and above all to look out for each other.
The president promised he’s not going away, so supporters can fuel his ego a while longer.
“I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain. For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President – the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago,” he said.
The Daily Caller noted the president said “I” 33 times, “my” 20 times, “me” 10 times, and “I’m” or “I’ve” 12 times.