Episode #161: Hello and Goodbye

It was a week of beginnings and endings.

President-elect Donald Trump held his first press conference since July, a raucous event held at Trump Tower in Manhattan.  Janet Hook of the Wall Street Journal is here with a scorecard.

And President Obama gave his Farewell Address, a speech before 20,000 adoring supporters in Chicago, where he not only reminded the audience of his accomplishments but urged them to stay involved — and he hinted he expected to as well.  Paul Glastris of the Washington Monthly summed up the outgoing president’s remarks.

Roll Call’s Walter Shapiro gave us a rundown on what’s going on with the Senate confirmation hearings for Trump’s Cabinet nominees.

And speaking of farewell addresses, Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution remembers one of history’s finest: that of Dwight Eisenhower, in 1961, when he warned of the “military-industrial complex.”  Back then Hess was a speechwriter for the Republican president.

Photo via Getty Images

Music used in this podcast:

Jackie’s Strength by Tori Amos

Applause by Lady Gaga

Death With Dignity by Sufjan Stevens

Goodbye by The Psychedelic Furs

The End by Sibylle Baier

The Cost of Freedom by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

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