Chants of four more years filled the McCormick Place in Chicago as President Barack Obama Delivers his final address to the nation as the 44th president of the United States.
The speech was Obama’s way in returning the thank you to those who volunteered, supported, and voted for him in the 2008 elections. It didn’t take long however before the crowd booed in reference to President-elect Trump’s upcoming inauguration on January 20th. He promises a smooth transition for Trump the same way George Bush had done for him.
He jokes about him still not believing they were able to pull off his presidency, but reminded the people of his list of accomplishments including Cuba relations, shutting down Iran’s nuclear program without firing a shot, and killing the mastermind behind 9/11 Osama Bin Ladin.
It was an emotional night as the President began tearing while thanking his wife in full name, Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, and his daughters Malia and Sasha. “For the past 25 years, you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend,” he said.
With ten days left in office, he wanted to remind citizens that he will be alongside them once his stay is over and believes America is changing for the better.
“I believe as a result, the future is in good hands. It has been the honor of my life to serve you. I will be right there with you as a citizen for all of my remaining days,” said Obama.
Before he left the podium, he had one final request as president; to keep believing, and he finished the same way he started with the phrase “Yes we can, yes we can, yes we can.”
The speech was a farewell but seemed like a message to the president-elect as he talked about education, factory workers, and how the issue of race, takes everyone’s involvement but is better than the past 30 years.
Following tonight’s speech, President-elect Trump will give his first news conference January 11.