January 12, 2017
Editors at the viral news and entertainment website BuzzFeed openly grieved as President Obama gave his farewell address in Chicago Tuesday night.
On social media, several of the website’s staffers, many of whom had editor titles, said they were crying as Obama delivered an impassioned speech on empathy in a divided country and a defense of all he said his administration had accomplished in eight years.
“Aaaaand tears,” said editor Elamin Abdelmahmoud on Twitter.
Lara Parker, an editor based in Los Angeles, said, “Will I ever stop crying?”
Another editor, Tanya Chen, said, “I’m crine,” a slang way of saying “crying.”
In his speech, Obama called on Americans to seek more common ground with others who disagree with them and he thanked his supporters for standing by him during his two terms.
“Every day I have learned from you,” the outgoing president said. “You made me a better president. You made me a better man.”
BuzzFeed also tweeted a picture of Obama crying and said, “Same.”
BuzzFeed is widely perceived to have an extreme left-wing culture. During the campaign, Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith published an internal memo that said it was acceptable for the site’s writers to call now-President-elect Trump a bully or racist.