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 (@rmcgilvra) April 24, 2017
I miss having a human President. #obama
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) April 24, 2017
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 Reid (@JoyAnnReid) April 24, 2017
Listening to President Obama speak delivers an unbelievable sense of calm & motivation. I miss having a President who I love & respect.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) April 24, 2017
— quietasitskept (@godiskeisha) April 24, 2017
Daily reminder that it's been 51 days since Trump accused Obama of a felony and still hasn't provided proof or apologized.
— Talia (@2020fight) April 24, 2017
— elle2.0🇺🇸🇮🇹🇺🇸 (@elle2_0) April 24, 2017
"I would advise all of you to be a little more circumspect, in terms of your selfies" – is possibly the most barack obama a sentence can be
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 24, 2017
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) April 24, 2017
Everybody watching Obama at University of Chicago on TV right now and remembering what a president sounds like. pic.twitter.com/cTrNnsQTAZ
— Travon Free (@Travon) April 24, 2017