Last Speech as US President, Obama offers optimism and warnings

Published On:January 11, 2017, 12:39 pm

Last Speech as US President, Obama President Barack Obama, popular but the most modest politician in the American history bid adieu to the nation of Tuesday night during his final farewell speech in Chicago. He said that he has not changed his vision of progressive change, however warning that it now comes with a novel set of cautions.

He called on Americans to defend their democracy and told his thousands of supporters, "By almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place" than it was eight years ago. Also he warned saying, "democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted".

He pleads Americans of all cast and creed and backgrounds to think about each other’s point of view, mentioning "we have to pay attention and listen".

He is country’s first ever black president who is now 55 and was first elected in 2008 on a message of change and hope.

Obama’s successor, Donald Trump has sworn to annul a few of Mr. Obama’s signature policies. Trump will be sworn into office on the 20th of January.

Obama stated that the peaceful transfering of power amongst presidents was a “hallmark” of American democracy. However, addressing to the American democracy, he adumbrated three threats – racial division, economic inequality and the retreat of different segments of society into “bubble”, wherein the opinions are not dependant on "some common baseline of facts".

Getting back to Chicago, where Obama first declared his victory in 2008, he rendered an optimisctic speech to Americans post a dissentious election campaign which witnessed to Mr. Trump take on Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Obama mentioned that American youths which included those who worked on his campaigns and who think "in a fair, just, inclusive America" - left him feeling "even more optimistic about this country than I was when we started".

On picking Chicago, President Obama had previously mentioned that he wanted to get back to “where it all started” for him and First Lady Michelle Obama, instead of giving a speech from the White House.

Officials said, the speech address was put together with the notion of speaking to all the Americans including Trump supporters.

Mr Obama's trip to Chicago is his last as a president, and his 445th journey aboard Air Force One.

He stated that it was in the city as a young man, "still trying to figure out who I was, still searching for purpose in my life", that he "witnesses the power of faith and dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss".

The farewell address took place in McCormick Place, which is the largest convention sentre in North America and also the venue for Mr. Obama’s speech post to him defeating Mitt Romney in the 2012 elections. More than 20,000 people had been expected to be present at the farewell.

Tickets were given out for free, but yet were selling online for more than $1,000 each hour prior to the speech. Vice-President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden along with First Lady Michelle Obama were all in attendance.

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