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Obama bids farewell to the nation through an emotional speech

GP News
13 January 2017 - 09:30 AM
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In a speech filled with emotion, President Barack Obama bid farewell to the nation, and sought to provide comfort to a country reeling under rapid economic changes, persistent security threats, and the election of Donald Trump. Throughout the speech, Obama was forceful at times, and tearful at others. His parting speech which he delivered in his hometown of Chicago pondered on the many trials and challenges the U.S. faces as Obama prepares to make his final exit. For the newer challenges, Obama shared his vision as how to overcome them, and for the insistent problems which he was not able to overcome, he was optimistic that they will eventually be overcome. Speaking before an audience of about 18,000, the President acknowledged that the path towards progress have been uneven.  "The work of democracy has always been hard, contentious and sometimes bloody. For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back." However, Obama maintained that he had full faith in the American vision which has been strengthened by what he has witnessed in the last eight years as President, adding “The future should be ours.” During the course of his farewell address, Obama turned emotional as he paid rich tributes to the sacrifices made by his wife, and by his daughters, who were young girls when they entered the White House and now prepare to leave as young women. He was seen wiping away tears while showering praises on his wife Michelle for taking on her role "with grace and grit and style and good humour" and for making the White House "a place that belongs to everybody."  He referred to Michelle Obama as his “best friend”, his wife, and the First Lady -- at the emotional close of the farewell address in his adoptive city of Chicago on Tuesday.