Barack Obama farewell speech: POTUS says his goodbye with a plea for Americans

Barack Obama farewell speech: POTUS says his goodbye with a plea for Americans

By: || Updated: 11 Jan 2017 09:12 AM
Washington: Outgoing President Barack Obama on Tuesday said goodbye to the US citizens in a dramatic reinterpretation of a presidential farewell address.

  • Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well wishes we have received in the past few weeks, tonight its my time to say thanks

  • Every day, I have learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man

  • I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it

  • I can't do that, says US President Barack Obama as crowd shouts "four more years"

  • A great gift our Founders gave us. The freedom to chase our individual dreams through our sweat, toil, and imagination

  • Democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity; that we rise and fall as one

  • In 10 days, our country'll witness hallmark of democracy, peaceful transition from one freely elected president to another

  • America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started

  • I committed to Trump that my administration would ensure a smooth transition

  • Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society

  • Have lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were 10, 20,or even 30 yrs ago,no matter what folks say

  • We are going to talk pass each other if we don't have the will to learn and understand that your opponent might have a fair point

  • We must invest in children of immigrants, because those brown kids, represent growing share of the workforce

  • The bubbles and rise of naked partisanship is a threat to our democracy

  • No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland these past eight years

  • Although Boston and Orlando remind us of how dangerous radicalization can be,our law enforcement agencies are more effective than ever

  • We've taken out tens of thousands of terrorists, including Osama bin Laden

  • ISIL will be destroyed, no one who threatens America will ever be safe

  • I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans

  • We weaken ties when we write off whole system as inevitably corrupt&blame leaders we elect w/o examining our own role in electing them

  • Michelle, for the past twenty-five years, you have been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you (Michelle) as a role model. You've made me and the country proud

  • To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton, you were first choice I made as a nominee, and it was the best. Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother

  • I do have one final ask of you as your President, same thing I asked when you took a chance on me 8-yrs ago. I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours

Interestingly, instead of the Oval Office or East Room for his last formal set of remarks, Obama chose Chicago -- the city where he declared victory in 2008 and 2012 -- to address a sold-out crowd of supporters.

Earlier, he wrote on Facebook that he was returning to the city "where it all started."

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