In the hours leading up to President Obama’s farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday evening, the White House promoted the speech with a number of quotations from the president himself.
Although they weren’t identical, they were all variations on the same theme: “The last eight years haven’t been about President Barack Obama, they have been about the American people.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 11, 2017
“For me, it’s always been about you,” he said.
But a brief history of Obama’s presidency — in pictures posted to his own social media accounts — appears to tell a different story. As momentous occasions passed, America noticed a common theme: nearly every one was acknowledged with a picture of the president.
Just recently, President Obama gave a nod to himself giving a nod to the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 7, 2016
Likewise, the 53rd anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech was marked with an introspective photo of President Obama:
And the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service:
At least he included the people in that one:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 25, 2016
But then there was the Fourth of July:
Happy Fourth of July. pic.twitter.com/AQHiti7Yye
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 4, 2016
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 17, 2014
Today is the 57th Anniversary of the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Pic: President Obama on Rosa Parks bus pic.twitter.com/cFaKOYDt
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 1, 2012
And then there were the deaths…
He shook up the world, and the world's better for it. Rest in peace, Champ. pic.twitter.com/z1yM3sSLH3
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 4, 2016
Here's to The King who was as extraordinary on the links as he was generous to others. Thanks for the memories, Arnold. pic.twitter.com/UlyfpIBOL2
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 26, 2016
Rest in peace, Nelson Mandela. pic.twitter.com/4qlqsXLp6e
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 5, 2013
Even his tribute to the Americans who died on 9/11 was a photo that featured himself, front and center:
"The events of September 11, 2001, left a permanent mark on the spirit of every American." —President Obama pic.twitter.com/oob3Hc0vmi
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 11, 2015
All about the American people? Well, maybe sometimes. But only if President Obama was centered in the frame.