Barack Obama offered a brief reminder Monday that presidents can speak intelligible, complete sentences on subjects they're qualified to speak about.
The former president didn't take any overt shots at his successor during a lecture at the University of Chicago, where he once taught constitutional law, but his talk stood in stark contrast to this weekend's bewildering Associated Press interview with President Donald Trump.
The differences weren't lost on social media users.
Hearing President Obama speak reminds me how much I miss having a president.— Rosita (@Rosita)1493053490.0
I miss having a human President. #obama— John Pavlovitz (@John Pavlovitz)1493053192.0
It's so strange watching and listening to President Obama right now. It feels like ages ago that this sense of calm I feel was mundane.— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷))1493049884.0
Listening to President Obama speak delivers an unbelievable sense of calm & motivation. I miss having a President who I love & respect. ❤️— Ricky Davila (@Ricky Davila)1493052542.0
@LawyerRogelio Me after former President Obama sit-down and realizing the now @POTUS referred to himself as "Easy D" https://t.co/LxMKLlJC1S— quietasitskept I'm speaking (@quietasitskept I'm speaking)1493054988.0
President Obama's return feels like you've been held hostage by meth-smoking creeps, and the cops show up...for a m… https://t.co/5om17KiEkl— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1493052488.0
Everybody watching Obama at University of Chicago on TV right now and remembering what a president sounds like. https://t.co/cTrNnsQTAZ— Ethereal bisexual who wears mostly black (@Ethereal bisexual who wears mostly black)1493050253.0