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Moore writes: "With so little time left, I hope you don't mind if I ask you for a favor or two. Well, actually, five. I can guarantee you I am not alone in these requests; in fact, I'm guessing millions of our fellow Americans share in these sincere final asks of you."

Michael Moore. (photo: Getty)
Michael Moore. (photo: Getty)

President Obama - My Final Requests of You

By Michael Moore, Michael Moore's Facebook Page

12 January 17


resident Obama -- My Final Requests of You:

Sir, you have one week left as our President. There are no words to express the my profound sadness in typing such words. Thank you for giving us eight years of your life.

With so little time left, I hope you don't mind if I ask you for a favor or two. Well, actually, five. I can guarantee you I am not alone in these requests; in fact, I'm guessing millions of our fellow Americans share in these sincere final asks of you:

  1. Please order the Army Corps of Engineers to Flint, Michigan, today. The water is still contaminated, the pipes have still not been replaced. Every single day the people are still being slowly poisoned. Every single child in Flint now has some form of developmental damage in their brain. Flint has again been forgotten. Please, please don't leave office without sending in the troops to save these 100,000 lives.

  2. Please release former Army Spec. Chelsea Manning from federal prison. The documents she released told the American public the truth behind the Iraq War (an act similar to what Daniel Ellsberg was LAUDED for doing during the Vietnam War). Four Army intelligence officers told NBC News this week that the items she released did not cause any danger or harm to anyone in the military, and they thought her 35-year sentence was "excessive." She pleaded guilty and apologized to the court and to the nation. Manning is now in her 7th year in prison. In the past year, she has twice attempted suicide. Please show mercy and commute her sentence for the seven years she has served.

  3. Please also release Native American leader Leonard Peltier from prison. There are many questions about his conviction after the Wounded Knee stand-off in 1977. He has served 40 years in prison and is now 72-years old and very ill. He deserves to spend his final days at home with his family and his people.

  4. Please declare an end to the "War on Drugs." Tens of thousands of Americans have had their lives ruined by being thrown in prison for using, possessing or selling marijuana. You can, today, declare an end to the federal prohibition against marijuana and "de-schedule" it from it's current designation as a Schedule 1 illegal drug (heroin is Schedule 1). End this nonsense, and commute the sentences of all nonviolent drug users currently languishing in our prisons.

  5. Finally, Mr. President, on our behalf, offer up some national humility, redemption and forgiveness. It would only be symbolic, but It may go a long way to building some bridges, fixing the mistakes of history and redeeming our American soul. How powerful it would be if you offered an official presidential apology, on behalf of the American people, to the families of civilians killed by our drones; to our Native Americans for the genocide committed upon them by our ancestors; to the people of Iraq for invading their country and destroying their society; to American women for still being permanently paid less, for still living in constant danger of violence and for still holding little power in our democracy; and to the African American community in general for a sad host of things: for continuing to suffer from the legacy of slavery and bigotry, for still occupying the lowest rung of the economic ladder, for being the pawns of our criminal justice system, for the continuing abuse from law enforcement and for whatever else is in store for them under the incoming administration.

I know, it's a long list, but we all know how good it often feels to just say, "I'm sorry" -- and better yet, to follow that up with sincere action.

Please use the pulpit -- and the power -- you still have to offer some healing, some freedom, some forgiveness -- and some clean water for a town that's been waiting three years to drink just one glass of it.

Thanks again for all you've done. Here's to a productive and loving final week in office!

All my best,
Michael Moore your social media marketing partner


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+143 # ER444 2017-01-12 15:43
President Obama, You didn't do everything right, but you tried. You are a good man! I for one will miss you terribly. Please don't become a stranger. Please use your voice as the most influential citizen in this country. I fear we are entering extremely troubling times in a country commandeered by troubling and troubled people. We need you and your inspiring wife more than ever. God bless you and your beautiful family.
-222 # savagem13 2017-01-12 15:46
More pathetic groveling from Michael Moore.
+76 # newell 2017-01-12 16:16
And how would you, savagem13, accomplish these things? We know your family and friends have also asked you to be more constructive. Please share your wisdom.
-28 # savagem13 2017-01-13 05:30
Quoting newell:
We know your family and friends have also asked you to be more constructive.

You know nothing about me, newell.
+10 # David Starr 2017-01-13 12:20
@savagem13: So, why don't you go into more detail?
-11 # savagem13 2017-01-13 15:28
More detail? Well, Moore has proven himself to be a shill for neoliberals since at least October--I hadn't paid much attention to him before that, so I couldn't tell you what he did previously. First, he was telling us how we simply HAD to vote for Hillary, despite her despicable record of warmonger and kowtowing to the Corporatocracy and the Oligarchs. Since then, he's been woe-is-me-ing and Chicken-Little- ing about how scary Donald Trump is, without offering much advice other than advocating for putting neoliberals back in power. Now, he's groveling for Obama, one of the most corporate-frien dly, war-mongering, duplicitous, smooth-talking and anti-average-Am erican presidents in modern U.S. history.
+9 # David Starr 2017-01-14 13:53
@savagem13: I wouldn't be too hard on Moore. It's not his fault the political situation in the U.S. is pathetic. Moore has done a service with his films.

Given the vicious circle of Republican-Demo crat/Democrat-R epublican, it isn't easy coming out directly against them. True, they're both the same ideologically (with different tactics), and both are not the answer for real change, ultimately, but what we have here is a situation where it's a step-by-step process. The gray areas are just as evident as the B/W. But that's not to say that we have to accept it.
-2 # librarian1984 2017-01-14 12:13
I've only seen mashiguo achieve such an honorable distinction. Congratulations .
+148 # Winston Smith II 2017-01-12 16:13
I second Moore's requests. All are supremely decent moves that Obama could make.

Requests 1 to 4 are remotely possible. Very remotely. #5 is well beyond Obama but it is good to ask it anyway.
+11 # mozartssister 2017-01-13 13:53
Quoting Winston Smith II:
I second Moore's requests. All are supremely decent moves that Obama could make.

Requests 1 to 4 are remotely possible. Very remotely. #5 is well beyond Obama but it is good to ask it anyway.

I too second all of these. For all the good reasons and also because they would massively piss off the right, too. Added bonus.
+162 # tedrey 2017-01-12 20:16
I think Moore is reasonable in asking for these very desirable actions from the one man who can carry them out . . . and, whatever one thinks of Obama himself, for doing it politely. Thank you. Michael.
-14 # mashiguo 2017-01-12 22:26
Obama is a very inspiring speaker.
...and that just about sums it up.
He did not work for us, and there is no reason to expect him to do so now.
+66 # dickbd 2017-01-12 23:08
And a pardon for Snowden!
+57 # 2017-01-12 23:31
Please also ask that the following reforms to our electoral system be put in place so that we never again are saddled with an unelected candidate in the White House:

X Universal automatic citizen voter registration, with forms available throughout our society, and with transparent electronic records so voters can confirm their right to a ballot;

X Easily available voting stations throughout the nation, staffed by our students and elders at $15/hour;

X Signature certification of all voters, without the requirement for photo ID and other Jim Crow restrictions;

X A four-day national holiday for voting;

X Universal hand-counted paper ballots, tallied by our students and elders, with automatic public-monitore d recounts in all races, no matter what the apparent margin, with no charge to the public or candidates;

X An end to gerrymandering;

X Abolition of the Electoral College;

X A ban on corporate money in campaigns, with repeal of Citizens United.

Until these things are done, we have nothing resembling a democracy. The endorsement of this outline would be a great legacy if this country is to have any real future as a democracy.
+8 # Cassandra2012 2017-01-13 14:58
But these are not in the power of the president to accomplish--- the lazy congress & senate would actually have to do some work for a change....
+27 # Tigre1 2017-01-12 23:46
Thanks, Moore. May our president heed and do so.

I appreciate your efforts...
+25 # alicew 2017-01-12 23:50
I still exist in the world of goodness, the belief that we are wrapped in the history and promise of this country. One week until it all changes, we jump the shark. We will exist in a new world and everyone born now, or not paying attention now, will think this is who we are. I am sad, I am scared, I am deeply, profoundly sorry that I didn't do more to stop this. I've always been able to move forward, find a way. But I truly don't know what that is anymore. The only way is fight, fine. I hope those of us who still remember this country, and who have taught our kids and grandkids about this country, still have the fight in us. I truly don't know if I do. I'm sorry President Obama, you deserve better. You've done your best, I will miss you and Michelle, perhaps the last of us. I will miss the goodness.
+9 # savagem13 2017-01-13 11:15

I can sympathize with you. I'm afraid, too. It's very scary to think about what might be ahead of us under Trump. But I do believe that it's not possible for us to begin healing this country until we fully embrace our past. Which includes clearly viewing the legacy of Obama. Please consider what Obama has really done to this country. Below is a partial list (very partial--there is much more) representing some of the things that Obama has done during the past eight years. Do these things really represent the future you'd like to see for our country?

Obama's Legacy:
Put boots on the ground in Syria , despite 16 times saying "no boots on the ground".
Despite campaign pledges, planned a $1 trillion progam to add more nuclear weapons to the US arsenal in the next 30 years.
Started a new war on terror - this one on ISIS .
Dropped bombs in 7 Muslim countries; and then bragged about it .
Said, “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.”
Bragged about his use of drones - I'm "really good at killing people".
Deported a modern-record 2 million immigrants.
+5 # savagem13 2017-01-13 15:16
Obama's true legacy continued:

Signed the Monsanto Protection Act into law.
Started a new war in Iraq .
Initiated, and personally oversees a 'Secret Kill List'.
Pushed for war on Syria while siding with al-Qaeda .
Backed neo-Nazis in Ukraine.
Supported Israel's wars and occupation of Palestine.
Deployed Special Ops to 134 countries - compared to 60 under Bush.
Drastically escalated the NSA spying program .
Signed the NDAA into law - making it legal to assassinate Americans w/o charge or trial.
Signed more executive memoranda than any other president in history.
Sold $30 billion of weapons to the dictatorship in Saudi Arabia.
Signed an agreement for 7 military bases in Colombia .
Opened a military base in Chile.
Opened up deepwater oil drilling, even after the BP disaster.
Mandated the Insider Threat Program which orders federal employees to
report suspicious actions of their colleagues.
Signed the Patriot Act extension into law.
Launched 20,000 Airstrikes in his first term.
Continued Bush's rendition program.
Waged war on Libya without congressional approval.
Started a covert, drone war in Yemen.
Escalated the proxy war in Somalia.
Escalated the CIA drone war in Pakistan.
Sharply escalated the war in Afghanistan.
+1 # babalu 2017-01-15 09:28
Let's not forget he and his team crafted a stimulus program that would have helped all the people, but it was shrunken by Republicans who fought it at every turn, which often included a filibuster (more filibusters than all preceding administration! ), just like the healthcare for all AMERICANSl the ACA. Most of ACA problems were baked in by Republicans - Dems' were for Universal health care.Republican s swore to block initial passage until it was administered by and for the Insurers, who are responsible for most of the problems, increasing costs, cost shifting (stealing from you family doc), and refusing to sell in certain markets. They have protected themselves and are ready for the UCA - UNAFFORDABLE CARE ACT!
-46 # Saberoff 2017-01-13 00:19
Moore has gone nuts.
+11 # kalpal 2017-01-13 10:11
Anyone who stands in opposition to America's RW is deemed to be nuts since only the ignoramuses of the RW are truly sane, right?
-10 # librarian1984 2017-01-13 10:24
And the thumbs show many will follow him right over the crazy cliff.
+25 # angelfish 2017-01-13 00:32
It would be a lovely gesture to do these things on his way OUT of the Oval Office, however, considering who's about to enter, it won't take long for TrumpleThinSkin to repeal, renege or act on ANY of them. He apologizes to NO ONE because he sees Apology as a form of groveling or conceding Wrong-Doing! WAKE up, donald, you are a puny man but you REALLY need to realize how far a little atonement for our MANY Sins of Omission and Commission would go in beginning the healing process. Then again, you're not at all interested in healing anything or making anything better. You're here to FILL your pockets and those of your Fat Cat Cronies, including the Russians. You and they are REALLY quite pitiful.
+13 # harleysch 2017-01-13 02:00
I would add one more: stop moving NATO troops to the Russian border, and backing phony intel reports that Putin gave the election to Trump -- tell the Dems that it was the rigging of the Democratic nomination for Hillary that led Trump's victory, not manipulation by Putin.
+13 # janie1893 2017-01-13 02:25
ted is right. President Obama is polite but more than that he is a class act. His demeanor is a model for everyone.

As for Michael's requests--if Mr. Obama cannot pull it all off in the coming week, perhaps we should ask Mr. Trump for the very same favors!
+8 # Cassandra2012 2017-01-13 15:01
Hah~ as if Trumpolini gives a rat'$ a$$ about anyone or anything other than his own pockets!
+12 # photojack53 2017-01-13 02:27
Here's one more thing that Obama could do before leaving office. I'm shocked that more people aren't recommending this severely needed action, namely dealing with this coming Trump debacle. Obama's approval ratings are now nearly as high as anyone's upon leaving office and Trump's are THE WORST of any incoming president in our history. My thoughts are that Trump has CLEARLY committed PERJURY during the Republican primaries, during his presidential campaign & since, as president-elect . Perjury disqualifies a person from holding the office of president and most, if not all other elected offices. That doesn't even take into account that he lost the popular vote, that the election was tainted severely by the Comey letter or the effects of Russian hacking directed by Putin himself. All of this SHOULD make this election null and void in the first place and Trump's perjury SHOULD keep him from ever being inaugurated, period! Trump would be a true danger to America and the world.
If Obama can't do this, someone or some government entity MUST take this vitally needed task to prevent this UNCONSCIONABLE Trump presidency from ever occurring.
Folks, TRUMP HAS COMMITTED PERJURY! We must insist that corrective remedies are taken, as per our constitution, to remove this scourge from our midst.
+20 # wcandler1 2017-01-13 03:11
6. Pardon Snowmen, Assange, and all whistle blowers.

7. Apologize to Americans for the huge increase in fossil fuel production in the last eight years.
+22 # treerapper 2017-01-13 03:41
If you think any of these simple requests are good ideas, why not contact President Obama directly via the contact the WHite House website.

I have written several times, requesting clemency for Leonard Peltier as well as Mumia Abu-Jamal. Don't know who reads these but, why not add you voice directly.
+26 # Bruce Gruber 2017-01-13 06:46
Snowden and Assange have allowed the American people to consider and engage in public discussion of what their "leaders" have considered and implemented over decades at a cost of tens of trillions of taxpayer dollars.

Hundreds of thousand's of human lives, life-saving research, future-oriented exploration, infrastructure investment and repair, improved public health and education, and numerous issues of welfare and well-being have been abandoned for the exposed machinations and suspect justifications for innumerable conflicts and 'wars'.

These two men have pulled back the veil of secrecy shrouding the intrigue and greed for wealth and power that attends the back-room nature of our politics and the rigged economic disparity of income inequality.

Mr, President, their contribution to this pernicious inhumanity deserves a pardon and signal of appreciation for the contribution to debate and analysis. The costliest aspect of mankind's failure to evolve is its primitive, competitive combativeness. The recognition and exposure of our inadequacy have opened possible enlightenment - regardless of the practical reality of its achievement.

Your pardon and support of their contribution COULD be your most enduring legacy.
+36 # RLF 2017-01-13 07:38
I would add 6) Pardon Snowden. Anyone that exposes an unconstitutiona l program being used against the American people is a hero and not a criminal.
+17 # markovchhaney 2017-01-13 09:17
All admirable requests, reasonable to ask for, reasonable to expect, and one needn't grovel to Obama or pretend he's been better or worse than he has. I can't fault Moore for making these solicitations. I don't imagine he or many others expect to see more than a couple happen, if that.
+2 # markovchhaney 2017-01-13 09:18
Ah, I see I'm now on the "reviewed" list of commenters. I can't imagine why. :)
+16 # librarian1984 2017-01-13 10:38
Sure, go to Flint. But we saw recently there are 3000 other communities with high levels of lead in their water, so something more is required.

In addition to Manning, how about forgiving Snowden as well? We could use some powerful new protections that would aid whistleblowers in the next four years because their actions will assist us in fighting this administration.

To Moore's list I would add:
bring all US troops home,
cut the military-intel budget in half,
disavow many of the executive powers Cheney and Obama have accrued,
end the drone program,
end the surveillance of American citizens,
raise the federal minimum wage ...

I could think of a hundred more. The problem is Obama has not shown real courage in office. There is not a snowflake's chance he will do any of these things.
+7 # Stilldreamin1 2017-01-13 14:37
Lots a luck.
+7 # Phillybuster 2017-01-13 15:25
I'm going to go way out on a limb and predict that none of these listed actions will be taken. /s
0 # DKABEITA 2017-01-15 20:15
Mr. President Obama,
Once again I am requesting for the RELEASE of Leonard Peltier. Sir, 41 years is much too long to be held in Prison for a CRIME that was NEVER confirmed. The Court system at that time was BIASED and unfair towards Native Americans, as it is today.
Please FIND it in your heart to set our brother, friend,free. As you read, Peltier is in BAD health.

Final note: DO NOT allow anymore PIPELINES, FRACKING, URANIUM MINES AND COAL MINES to be erectrd. The government is slowly KILLING OFF THEIR OWN PEOPLE. On this subject, I speak FOR ALL OF HUMANITY

Michael Moore, thank you for the post.

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