The world waited and witnessed President Barack Obama’s last lament before he vacates the presidency on January 20, finishing his eight-year term with an emotional goodbye speech on Tuesday, January 10 in Chicago.
“You’ve made me a better president and an even better man,” the 44th president of the United States shared, glad to “come home” in Chicago, where he first landed when he was 20 years old.
Learning through his experiences in his hometown that changes happen when ordinary people get involved, he asked the people to come together and demand so they could achieve change.
During his speech, Obama also mentioned the incoming president, Donald Trump; and discussed unity and democracy. He left a final message where he said democracy gave people the freedom to chase their own dreams and to strive as one to achieve a common good, a greater good.
Aside from his remarkable wishes for America, the President also took the opportunity to thank his wife, Michelle Obama, who has been beside him for 25 years. “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 humour,” he said.
The outgoing President also has one final request to the people, and that is all Americans must believe in their own abilities to bring about change.
Watch Obama’s full farewell speech below: