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Zbigniew Bzdak/TNS/NewscomIf there was a single, enduring theme in President Obama’s farewell address, it was best conveyed via the following laugh line: “If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life,” he said.
Indeed, Obama evidently believes strongly in the power of facts and persuasion—of just sitting down with each other, listening, and having a rational discussion. “Science and reason,” held sway in his day, though he worries that the American people increasingly self-segregate themselves into partisan bubbles, beholden to entirely separate news and information.
Obama pleaded with his audience to disengage from the cycle of outrage and try to find common ground. He said:
In his own farewell address, George Washington wrote that self-government is the underpinning of our safety, prosperity, and liberty, but “from different causes and from different quarters much pains will be taken.to weaken in yourpost was originally published on this site