Today, Obama delivered an emotional farewell speech in Chicago for the last time as President. In his speech, he summarizes his spectacular journey of eight years as the President of America.
Barack Obama with his achievements has set an example of a perfect leader.
Obama started his speech by saying “It’s good to be home. My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we’ve received over the past few weeks. But tonight it’s my turn to say thanks”.
Here we have listed highlights of Barack Obama farewell speech.
- Michelle and I are so touched by all the good wishes we received over the last few days.
- Every day, I have learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.
- I first came to Chicago when I was in my early 20s and I am still trying to figure out who I was, still searching for a purpose in my life.
- 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.
- America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.
- The peaceful transfer of power from one freely elected president to the next.
- Our youth, our drive, our diversity and openness, our boundless capacity for risk and reinvention means that the future should be ours.
- Democracy does not require uniformity.
- We rise or fall as one.
- Wages, incomes, home values, and retirement accounts are all rising again. Poverty is falling again.
- Our economy doesn’t work as well or grow as fast when a few prosper at the expense of a growing middle class and ladders for folks who want to get into the middle class.
- We must uphold laws against discrimination – in hiring, in housing, in education and the criminal justice system.
- Referring Atticus Finch, Obama quoted “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
- The global coalition we’re leading against ISIL has taken out their leaders, and taken away about half their territory. ISIL will be destroyed, and no one who threatens America will ever be safe.
- Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted.
- Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power – with our participation, and the choices we make.
- Michelle – for the past twenty-five years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children but my best friend.
- My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain.
- Referring to the public he said I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.
- By saying: Yes We Can, Yes We Did, and thanking all he ended his final speech.