News Exercise #173 Obama’s Farewell


1. Can you catch the main sentence of Mr Obama’s advice to the new president?
2. What does Mr Obama plan to do in the near future?
3. In what situation would he act publicly in future?
4. He mentioned a nickname that he had been given by those who opposed his politics. What was it?
5. Mr Obama finished with a light joke comment. What was it?

Answers:
1. Can you catch the main sentence of Mr Obama’s advice to the new president?
“This is a job of such magnitude that you can’t do it by yourself. Reality has a way of biting back if you’re not paying attention to it.”
2. What does Mr Obama plan to do in the near future?
“It’s important for me to take some time to process this amazing experience that we’ve gone through. I want to do some writing; I want to be quiet a little bit and not hear myself talk so darned much.”
3. In what situation would he act publicly in future?
He said that if he were to see systematic discrimination being ratified in some fashion, he thinks it would be something that would merit him speaking out. So what he means is that if any kind of discrimination becomes acceptable in the US, perhaps as a result of Trump’s policies, then he would make an effort to act against it.
4. He mentioned a nickname that he had been given by those who opposed his politics. What was it?
“No-drama-Obama”
5. Mr Obama finished with a light joke comment. What was it?
“It is true that behind closed doors I curse more than I do out there.

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