Barack Obama taught me a lot.
It was a few days ago that he made a lengthy speech at United Nations Climate Change Summit in Glasgow. I still remember that moment.
It is a man who is president. He still. Obama, however, can put together at most a few sentences.
Sometimes he will fly high, as he did when he won his Democratic presidential nomination in 2008. He described it as “the moment when ocean rise slows down and our planet starts to heal.”
It had to have worked. Otherwise, he would never spend $12 million to purchase his 30-acre secluded waterfront residence on Martha’s Vineyard. It boasts seven bedrooms, eight and a half bathrooms, and a swimming-pool. He can also slow down the tide at his private beach.
Obama spoke to Pacific island nations at meetings, where they were concerned that climate change could cause rising tides and encircle their countries. Obama is a native of the island and has many skills in managing rising tides.
One option is to rent a house somewhere else, similar to his Washington house, in case the sea levels rise. Obama can easily move to his $8 million Kalorama home in Washington if Martha’s Vineyard falls. This 8,200 square foot home has 9 bedrooms, 8 ½ bathrooms and Jeff Bezos as a neighbor.
He was not surprised to be the main speaker at this conference, even though Scotland was referred to as the “Emerald Isle”, a country right next door.
He can speak softly and with comfort that John Kerry and Greta Thunberg could not.
He was therefore greeted warmly when he took to the stage to commence his speech.
Obama is well-placed to not mention the 800 trees that he cut down in Jackson Park. They were felled to make space for Obama’s Chicago presidential library and museum, which looked similar to Ramses II’s Egyptian pyramids.
It’s not the place to address potential land degradation in public parks, or for displaced wildlife (including migratory bird sanctuary wrecks).
They still love him in Glasgow, however, because he was the president that paved the way to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, a toothless antipollution agreement which Trump defeated but was restored by Joe Biden.