President Obama’s last press conference was, despite the election’s rejection, an otherworldly stroll down victory lane. Listening put one in mind of “Alice in Wonderland.”
He fielded adoring, generally lightweight questions from a group of well-wishing White House reporters.
He strained to project a positive self-assessment, despite leading the most historically unanchored, divisive and out-of-touch administration in modern times.
Having regularly divided Americans along economic, racial, ethnic, religious, geographic and policy lines, repeatedly emphasizing differences over common points, Obama pivoted to grand rhetoric – congratulating himself on being a peacemaker.