Barack Obama has jokingly thanked himself in a speech outlining the economic achievements of his administration during a speech at the North American Climate Summit in Chicago on Tuesday.
Obama said: “We met resistance every step of the way.”
He continued: “There were sceptics who said these actions would kill jobs and depress growth. As we took these actions, we saw the US economy grow consistently.”
“We saw the longest streak of job creation in American history by far. A streak that still continues, by the way.”
“Thanks, Obama,” he added, prompting laughter and applause from the audience.
This was an apparent nod to the “Thanks Obama” meme which was started by conservatives on Twitter in 2009 and 2010 to thank Obama for their frustrations with his presidency such as healthcare reform.
But the meme was re-appropriated after the 2010 midterm election to sarcastically blame Obama for every mishap imaginable, including everything from a man spilling food to the power going out at the Super Bowl in 2013.
Obama also used the speech to address President Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the landmark climate agreement, saying it was “difficult to defend.”
“But the good news is that the Paris agreement was never going to solve the climate crisis on its own. It was going to be up to all of us,” he said.