- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Veteran journalist Tom Brokaw heaped praised on President Obama following his farewell address Tuesday night, calling him “one of the most eloquent presidents” in American history.

Appearing on MSNBC immediately after the address, Mr. Brokaw claimed the president has been “scandal-free” during his eight years in office.

“This is the kind of speech that got him elected as president of the United States,” the 76-year-old said, according to a transcript by Newsbusters. “He is very eloquent. You cannot take that away from him. He is one of the most eloquent presidents we have had for a long, long time.

“And he’s been scandal-free, frankly, in the White House,” he continued. “We haven’t had that what for a while. There have been some issues around his campaign, but they have not settled on him. Now, having said all of that, I also want to add that you have to let a presidency marinate for a while before you can really make a judgment.”

Mr. Brokaw also said Mr. Obama isn’t fully to blame for the current turmoil within the Democratic Party.

“They lost control of the Congress, 75 percent of the state houses are in the hands of Republicans with governors and attorneys general out there and he’s got a Congress now that is Senate and Republican in the House, as well,” he said. “So from a political point of view, there’s a lot of residue from the Obama era of eight years, not all entirely his fault. Republicans helped by getting up against him and saying we’re not going to do anything. They played small ball for eight years. No question about that.”

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