After the election, Barack Obama faced criticism for his decision to make a surprise visit to the National Mall to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress.
But the president’s most embarrassing moment came when he appeared to give his own speech to the Senate on the steps of the Capitol.
Instead of delivering his first inaugural address on Jan. 20, the president appeared to read aloud from his book “Dreams From My Father” at the Capitol and gave a lengthy speech, complete with a speechwriter, as the Senate prepared to vote on his confirmation.
The Senate was in session for the last time before Trump took office.
Obama’s performance was seen by many as a sign of his waning political popularity and was seen as a preview of the White House’s new approach.
Obama’s first public appearance was marked by a chaotic start, with the president being unable to communicate with reporters or sign autographs.
He was accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, a veteran of the military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Vice President Joe Biden, a former Delaware senator who now serves as the president of the Senate.
Vice President Joe Pence, center, speaks during a White House news conference after he delivers remarks on the nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court at the White Houses residence in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2021.
After an early morning ceremony at the residence, the White Senate Office of Public Liaison announced that Obama had been diagnosed with a concussion and was undergoing treatment at a nearby hospital.
A day later, the Associated Press reported that Obama was suffering from a blood clot and had been hospitalized in a Bethesda hospital, but was released after undergoing emergency brain surgery.
While he remained in the hospital, Obama was in constant communication with family members, his aides said.
On Wednesday, Obama gave his final press conference as president.
He said he wanted to thank the people of Indiana for their patience during the past year, as he recalled his first visit to their state.
“You have my deepest gratitude,” he said.
“Your faith in me and the American people has been a strength, as we’ve always said.”
But this year, I think we’ve been more fortunate than ever.
The people of the United States, particularly in this country, have come together,” he added.
For years, Obama has been criticized for using his presidency to promote his own agenda, even though it has benefited his political party and helped it in some key battleground states.
Republicans, meanwhile, have complained that he is too quick to use the office to advance a political agenda.
Trump, for his part, has said he was surprised that Obama spoke out in a moment of crisis, saying he did not think he would do so in the midst of the election.”
I’m not going to say that because I don’t believe it, but I think it’s very unusual for the president to say it, especially with the fact that it was such a big moment for the country,” Trump said.
Trump has repeatedly said he would not use the presidency to advance his agenda, but on Tuesday he gave his first interview as president on a major news network.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest, on Wednesday, was asked whether Trump’s decision to speak out in the immediate aftermath of the inauguration was an indication of a lack of respect for the office.”
This is the president that’s president,” Earnest said.