Watch the Highlights of President Barack Obama’s Emotional Farewell Address
The time is sadly upon us, my friends. In just nine
The President defended his legacy.
I personally believe Barack Obama has been one of the greatest presidents the United States has ever had. However, some have constantly questioned his legacy. During his farewell, Obama briefly highlighted a few of his accomplishments over his two terms.
And just imagine what more he could have done without petty Republican obstructionism.
Obama and the crowd thanks Vice President Joe Biden.
Who won’t miss Joe Biden? He has been a respected figure in American politics for nearly 45 years. He answered Obama’s call in 2008 and represented our nation with heart and humor as Vice President of the United States.
The VP and President were both visibly teary-eyed as Obama thanked his running mate and friend.
The crowd chants “Four more years!”
Given what we face with the president-elect’s term, it was inevitable that a “Four more years!” chant would break out during Obama’s farewell. And it did!
“I can’t do that,” Obama said with a smile before resuming his speech.
Barack gets emotional when he acknowledges and praises Michelle.
Barack Obama got emotional (and so did we) as he recognized his wife, partner, and First Lady Michelle Obama. He even needed a tissue to wipe away a tear.
I guarantee Barack wasn’t the only one shedding tears during this heartfelt moment, but I think we may have been crying for different reasons.
(Please, don’t go Barack and Michelle!)
The President tells his daughters, “I’m most proud to be your dad.”
In addition to be an amazing president, Obama is also an amazing father. He and Michelle raised two black girls in the White House and, together, they were the shining example of not just the First Family, but an American family. “I’m most proud to be you dad,” he said to Malia (18) and Sasha (15).
Sasha was notably absent during her father’s farewell address and her whereabouts were not mentioned during Obama’s speech. However, an official White House statement later explained she remained in D.C. to prepare for a Wednesday morning exam. This just shows how much the Obamas value education, even on important/historic moments like this.
The Obamas will also remain in D.C. until Sasha graduates from high school.
Obama addresses the state of race relations in America.
People have claimed that since we elected America’s first black president twice, that we must now be “post racial.” However, the opposition and racism Obama faced for 8 years and the current state of race relations would suggest this isn’t so. Many (including me) would also argue the 2016 election just much power racists still possess.
Obama acknowledged racism continues to be an issue and that “hearts must change.”
He even defended those who protest against systemic racism.
Obama closes his speech with rousing “Yes we can!” slogan.
Obama ended his farewell speech with the very familiar and rousing slogan, “Yes we can!” Only this time, he added, “Yes we did!”
*I’m not crying, you’re crying*
Alright, I’m definitely crying.
Here is President Obama’s full Farewell address. You can also read the full text here: