Tears, and more tears. We’ve got President Obama’s full farewell speech inside, plus the emotional moments that did us in.
President Obama walked out at Chicagos’ McCormick Place to U2’s “City of Blinding lights,” the same song he walked out to when he announced his candidacy in the same place almost a decade ago.
He gave a farewell speech that’s definitely going down in history as one of his best speeches to date. You can watch the full 51 minute speech above.
Here’s 9 moments that made us break out into the ugly cry:
His tribute to First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters that had him wiping away tears. Malia cried too.
“Michelle…Michelle LaVaughn Robinson of the South Side…for the past 25 years you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend.
You took on a role you didn’t ask for. And you made it your own with grace and with grit and with style, and good humor.
You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model.
You have made me proud, and you have made the country proud.
Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances you have become two amazing young women.
You are smart and you are beautiful. But more importantly, you are kind and you are thoughtful and you are full of passion.
And you wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad.”
If you’re wondering where Sasha was….
That love for Uncle Joe
“To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favorite son. You were the first decision I made as a nominee, and it was the best.
Not just because you have been a great vice president, but because in the bargain I gained a brother. And we love you and Jill like family. And your friendship has been one of the great joys of our lives.”
Crowd chanting “4 more years!”
Obama: “I can’t do that.”
One step forward, two steps back.
“The work of democracy has always been hard. It has been contentious. Sometimes it has been bloody. For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back. But the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all, and not just some.”
When POTUS reminded us that Yes, we did.
“If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history — if I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, take out the mastermind of 9-11 — if I had told you that we would win marriage equality and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens — if I had told you all that, you might have said our sights were set a little too high.”
When POTUS also reminded us that we have to carry on.
“In 10 days the world will witness a hallmark of our democracy. No, no, no, no, no. The peaceful transfer of power from one freely-elected President to the next. I committed to President-Elect Trump that my administration would ensure the smoothest possible transition, just as President Bush did for me.”
When he read those receipts
The wealthy are paying a fair share of taxes. Even as the stock market shatters records, the unemployment rate is near a 10-year low. The uninsured rate has never, ever been lower.
Health care costs are rising at the slowest rate in 50 years. And I’ve said, and I mean it, anyone can put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we’ve made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I will publicly support it.
When he addressed race relations head on, and nailed it.
“After my election there was talk of a post-racial America. And such a vision, however well intended, was never realistic. Race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society.
Now I’ve lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, no matter what some folks say.
You can see it not just in statistics. You see it in the attitudes of young Americans across the political spectrum. But we’re not where we need to be. And all of us have more work to do.”
The art of empathy
“Hearts must change. It won’t change overnight. Social attitudes oftentimes take generations to change. But if our democracy is to work the way it should in this increasingly diverse nation, then each one of us need to try to heed the advice of a great character in American fiction, Atticus Finch, who said “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
For blacks and other minority groups, that means tying our own very real struggles for justice to the challenges that a lot of people in this country …read more