President Barack Obama’s farewell speech left the America in tears. His final presidential speech took place in Chicago, on Tuesday evening. Obama has called on Americans to defend their democracy, and to remind themselves that the ordinary people are those who can change the world saying: “I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it.“
One more thing Obama taught the Americans during his two mandates is that the family is one of the most powerful things in the world and that his family certainly was the main source of his strength and support. One word was enough to get the crowd in Chicago on their feet, and it was: Michelle.
“Michelle – for the past twenty-five years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children but my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor“, said Obama to his wife.
Wiping his tears, he said that Michelle should be a role model for younger generations and that the United States should be proud of her as the best First Lady this country could have. “You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You’ve made the country proud!“
Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours.
— President Obama (@POTUS) January 11, 2017
Barack Obama also spoke about his daughters, saying they are his biggest accomplishment. “Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion”, said the president. “You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.“
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) January 11, 2017
Joe Biden, the 47th vice president of the United States, was also mentioned in Obama’s emotional speech. ”To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favorite son: you were the first choice I made as a nominee and the best. Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother. We love you and Jill like family, and your friendship has been one of the great joys of our life.”
Barack Obama’s term ends at noon, 20 January 2017.