Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Barack Obama said thanks to Americans in his farewell speech

The president Barack Obama reaffirmed his faith in the ability of all Americans to bring the national change in the country, when he was speaking in his farewell functions on Tuesday at Chicago.

On Tuesday Obama returned to Chicago, with just ten days left in his second term as president and thanked to several thousand people, who was waiting for Barack Obama.

He said, "My fellow Americans", the Michelle and I have been so touched by all well-wishes we have received over the past few weeks, But tonight the time have came to say thanks to all of you.

Barack Obama said, Yes the progress in the country has been uneven. The work of democracy has always been hard, contentious and sometimes also bloody. It often feels we take one step back, for every two steps forward. But the America's long sweep has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all, and not just some people.

Barack Obama said that I have witnessed "the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss" when I was working as community organizer on the South side of the city. He argued the change is only possible "when all the ordinary people get involved" and join forces to demand for the progress.

Eight years ago, if I had told you that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry and also unleash the longest stretch of job creation in the history of the country. If I had told you that we would win the marriage equality, and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens then you might have said our sights were set a little too high.

But that is what we did. That is what you did. All of you were the change. You answered people's hopes and because of you the America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.

As the crowd chanted for four more years, he simply smiled and said, "I can't do that."

He said the world will witness a hallmark of our democracy in 10 days. One of the nation's great strengths is that "the peaceful transfer of power from one current president to the next."

Barack Obama also said addressed the race, a topic in America that has continuously plagued the first black president throughout his term.

He also praised his wife for their support and said that for the past 25 years you have not only been my wife and the mother of my children, you have been my best friend.

On Tuesday Barack Obama addressed a very different Chicago than he had left in 2008, the city that lifted its son to the White House before eight years.

As president Barack Obama ask the crowd the same thing the people had asked Obama when the people had taken a chance on him eight years ago, he said. "I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change but in yours".

He reiterated one last time to the roars of crowd that "Yes we can, Yes we did, Yes we can".

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