YES WE CAN. YES WE DID. YES WE CAN
OBAMA GIVES EMOTIONAL, LOFTY FAREWELL SPEECH
Ending his presidency on a high note in front of an adoring audience of some 20 thousand supporters, President Barack Hussein Obama delivered one of his best speeches yet with ease and charm. The president who is currently enjoying an approval rating of 55 percent, made it personal but maintained a tone of dignity and substance. He did not criticize his successor directly, but he repudiated his ideas such as banning Muslims from coming to the US and imagining America is falling behind rival countries like China and Russia and denying the science of climate change.
There on the podium in Chicago, stood a president, a citizen, a father and a husband. The president of the United States, the first African American president in US history, a man who has led this country through some of the toughest moment in her history.
Obama looked back at the achievement of his two-term presidency and basked in the glow of his achievements.
“If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history– if I had told you that we would open up new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, take out the mastermind of 9-11– if I had told that we would win marriage equality and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens– if I had told you all that, you might have said our sights were set too high.
But that is what we did. That’s what you did. You were the change.
He challenged his supporters to stay the cause the started, reach beyond their comfort zone saying.
“if you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try talking to one in real life.” He urged his supporters to participate more vigorously in the electoral process, organize in the community and not give up even in the face of difficulty. He urged his supporters that instead of getting disappointed with their leaders they should take steps and seek elective office.
Despite the fact that he was being replaced by Donald Trump, he was optimistic and he did not sound or appear anxious. Instead he spoke about his bright vision of America where all prospered and received equal protection under the law. He pointed out that the country is not perfect and that race is still a major issue despite the fact that many people thought his presidency would usher in a post racial America.
He spoke about the progress the United States and the world has made in combating climate change
The speech turned emotional when he turned his focus on his family and spoke about the first lady and their daughters in glowing terms.
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson of the south side… for the past 25 years you have been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for. And you made it your own with grace and with grit and with style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody.
And the new generation sets its sights high because it has you as a role model.
You have made me proud, and you have made the country proud.
The proud father had a warm message for his daughters as well.
Under the strangest of circumstances you have become two amazing young women. You are smart and you are beautiful. But more importantly, you are kind and you are thoughtful and you are full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I have done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.
The Obama presidency is not complete with Vice President Joe Biden. Obama kept it simple.
To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from scrant
on… who became Delaware’s favorite son. You were the first decision 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. And we love you and Jill like family. And your friendship has been one of the greatest joys of our lives.
He ended the speech with the rallying call that fired up his original hope campaign.
Yes we can. Yes we did. Yes we can.
See the full speech below.