Farewell to the orator in chief -he really gave a great speech. His political triangulations were greater than the legendary Bill Clinton. He knew exactly how to make promises to the left, while still delivering to the right. He maintained an image of a progressive through the most brazen assaults on democracy and progressive values -from raids on medical marijuana dispensaries, repealing habeas corpus, overseeing the gutting of the middle class, bank bailouts, government surveillance programs, and bombing seven different countries- Obama has proved himself a political manipulator par excellence. Among those who weren’t paying attention, he will be missed.