President Obama’s rhetorical grandiosity was in full display Tuesday evening in his farewell address, in which he called on his subjects to bridge the country’s yawning ideological divide by becoming more engaged citizens.
Never one to shy from making it all about himself (take, for instance his penchant to Tweet out photos of himself when someone famous dies), the President used the word “I” a whopping 47 times, according to the text of the speech.
At its crescendo, the speech largely became a monologue of the President talking about himself:
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.
“That faith I placed all those years ago, not far from here, in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change—that faith has been rewarded in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined. I hope yours has, too. Some of you here tonight or watching at home were there with us in 2004, in 2008, in 2012—and maybe you still can’t believe we pulled this whole thing off.
For those bean counters who are sticklers for grammar, the president also used the object form of the pronoun I, “me”, another twelve times.