President Barack Obama signed off that has a note of optimism at the end of his farewell address in Chicago Tuesday night, rounding out an emotive speech with an appeal to the country’s young in addition to young at heart.
After a few heartwarming words to his family, Vice President Joe Biden in addition to the White House staff, Obama turned his gratitude to the organizers in addition to voters that will played a role in electing him eight years ago, in addition to again in 2012. The President said he might leave the political stage “even more optimistic about This specific country than when we began.”
“Let me tell you, This specific generation coming up — unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic — I’ve seen you in every corner of the country,” Obama said to applause. “You’ll soon outnumber any of us, in addition to I believe as a result the future is actually in not bad hands.”
While Obama will be leaving the White House after serving eight years as America’s first African American President, he won’t be leaving service, he said, vowing to be “right there with you, as a citizen” for his remaining days. He then had one request of U.S. citizens, “whether you are young or whether you are young at heart.”
“I am asking you to believe,” Obama said, “Not in my ability to bring about change — nevertheless in yours.”
As America prepares for a brand new style of leadership under the next President, Donald Trump, the outgoing chief pointed to the past as a reminder of progress.
“I am asking you to hold fast to that will faith written into our founding documents; that will idea whispered by slaves in addition to abolitionists; that will spirit sung by immigrants in addition to homesteaders in addition to those who marched for justice; that will creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags through foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is actually not yet written: Yes, we can. Yes, we did. Yes, we can.”
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