On Tuesday, January 10th in Chicago, Illinois, Barack Obama delivered his final address as president of the United States. In true form, and like he has done for the past 8 years, he left us with hope, encouragement and motivation.
Below we share our takes and highlights from President Obama’s speech.
Kat’s Take: One of the best things I have ever done was volunteer in Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign. From the very beginning it felt like this was a partnership between him & the American people. He has played such a huge role in the progress we have made over the last 8 years and has reminded us that we all have a responsibility to keep that momentum going. I’m so glad that he reassured us of the power that we have as individuals & a nation to make the changes we want. I will truly, truly miss having him as my president and I can’t thank him enough for everything he has done.
Matt’s Take: Towards the end of his speech, Obama said, “I do have one final ask of you as your President…. I’m asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.” Obama was the first president in my lifetime who I felt truly believed in the American people, and it felt like we were a part of every accomplishment he achieved. That’s what I’ll miss most about him — the feeling that, no matter what, the President of our country believed in the people and everything we can accomplish together. It’s a feeling I’m afraid I won’t have again over the next four years.
As President Obama reflected on his 8 years in office, he discussed topics such as: marriage equality, health care and foreign policy. He reminded us that there is still work to be done and of the importance that we work together.
Obama shared his heartfelt gratitude to his family, Vice President Joe Biden, and his staff. He also thanked his fellow American citizens:
Click on the videos below to watch President Obama’s farewell speech and the presentation of the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Vice President Joe Biden.