Last night our US President Barack Obama delivered his farewell speech closing the book on his presidency in front of a sold out crowed in Chicago. Joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, Obama's speech was a sentimental trip down memory lane. As much as we'll miss our dear Potus & Flotus in office, President Obama left us with many gems to prepare us for whats to come.
Here are 10 highlighted quotes from Barack Obama's final speech in Chicago.
1."It's my turn to say thanks"
The 44th President of the United States was gracious and showed how grateful he is to the American people.
2."Change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it."
Barack Obama described how he learnt about how change works during his early days in Chicago.
3."Not that our nation has been flawless from the start, but that we have shown the capacity to change."
Obama redefined the concept of American Exceptionalism.
4."Democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity — the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one."
Obama said that democracy does not require uniformity, but it needs for people to understand differences and work together to overcome adversity.
5."We must uphold laws against discrimination...But laws alone won't be enough. Hearts must change."
Obama talked in depth about racial politics in America and how such deep disaffection and divisive rhetoric is bound to destroy the country and how as a people we must come together.
6."America wasn't weakened by the presence of these newcomers; they embraced this nation's creed, and it was strengthened."
Obama, addressing the people in his farewell speech, talked about America and it's unique capacity to accept people across the world and that quality must not get erased by world events.
7."Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear. So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are."
Obama urged the American people to resist, so the forces of cynicism don't destroy democracy
8."That faith I placed all those years ago, not far from here, in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change — that faith has been rewarded in ways I couldn't possibly have imagined."
Obama stuck to the one word that defined his bid for presidency — change and urged people to continue working towards it.
9."Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother."
Obama after thanking his wife and children made sure he mentioned Joe Biden — the "scrappy kid from Scranton", his first choice for the vice president nominee.
10."I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours."
Obama's final mic drop moment.
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