Over 20,000 people attended the farewell address at McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America.
It was a thoughtful, dignified and hopeful speech outlining what makes this country great and what the consequences could be if it's citizens take for granted the core beliefs that hold up this nation as such a shining example of liberty and justice.
The most emotional moment of the speech came when the President, tearing up as he spoke, acknowledged his wife Michelle saying...
"Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side – for the past 25 years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and 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 a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You have made me proud. And you have made the country proud."
The President then spoke of his love for his daughters, his vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden as well the staff he has had over his eight years in the office.
He ended the address by speaking directly to his "fellow Americans"...
"My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my remaining days. For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your president – the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago.
I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.
I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:
Yes We Can.
Yes We Did.
Yes We Can.
Thank you. God bless you. And may God continue to bless the United States of America."
You can watch the entire address here...
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