Chicago, Jan 11: The outgoing President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, today delivered his farewell speech in Chicago that reflected on eight years of his life in White House. To thunderous applause and cheers, the outgoing President called on citizens of America to have faith in the country. “I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change -but in yours,” he said.
Obama, on Tuesday night (in America) bid adieu to people of United States and declared that he hadn’t abandoned his vision of progressive change after a ‘vicious’ election campaign which led to Donald Trump’s victory over Democrat rival Hillary Clinton. Obama, the 44th President of the United States, was first elected in 2008 on a progressive message of hope and change. People gathered in large numbers to listen to their outgoing President for the final time.
Race and democracy were key highlights of Obama’s farewell speech. In his address, Obama said race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society and rejected discrimination against Muslim Americans. He said ISIL will be destroyed and no one who threatens America will ever be safe. Obama said there has been no foreign terrorist organization that has successfully planned and executed an attack America during past eight years.
Key Highlights of Obama’s farewell speech in Chicago:
- Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society. Obama said, “I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans”.
- No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland these past eight years.
- The bubbles and rise of naked partisanship is a threat to our democracy.
- ISIL will be destroyed, no one who threatens America will ever be safe.
- Change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it.
- Every day, I have learned from you (People of America). You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.
- We’ve taken out tens of thousands of terrorists, including Osama bin Laden.
- Our progress has been uneven. The work of democracy has always been hard…contentious and sometimes bloody.
- Michelle, for the past twenty-five years, you have been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend.
- America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.I committed to Trump that my administration would ensure a smooth transition.