“You made me a better President, and you made me a better man”: Barack Obama to America

U.S. President Barack Obama wipes away a tear as he delivers a farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. January 10, 2017. REUTERS/John Gress

CHICAGO: Barack Obama delivered his last speech as the President of the United States of America, as a symbolic farewell speech at Chicago’s McCormick Place Tuesday night and this is how it began:

“It’s good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we’ve received over the past few weeks. But tonight it’s my turn to say thanks. Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people – in living rooms and schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant outposts – are what have kept me honest, kept me inspired, and kept me going. Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.”

Tuesday night’s speech was a call to action aimed at mobilizing Democrats in the coming elections — the nearest being the 2018 midterms, which are already shaping up to be challenging for Democrats — and sharing “what the president believes is necessary for us to confront the challenges that lie ahead,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.

Taking a major dig at Trump’s immigrant policy, Obama said, “If we decline to invest in the children of immigrants just because they don’t look like us, we diminish the prospects of our own children — because those brown kids will represent a larger share of America’s workforce.”

As the emotional tearful speech came to the end, Obama made the crowd stir with feelings of nostalgia, responsibility as citizens and humanity when he said:

“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 days that remain. 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.”

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