President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech in Chicago on Tuesday, January 10, urging Americans not to lose faith.
His eight years in office are drawing to an end, with his successor Donald Trump set to take up his position as President on January, 20.
Thousands of supporters gathered in the conventional hall to listen to Barack’s empowering speech, with him looking back on his achievements during his time as President.
Obama made sure to highlight all of his great successes from over the years including creating numerous more jobs for U.S. citizens, Osama bin Laden’s death as well as making same sex marriage legal.
If I told you that we would do all that eight years ago… you might have said our sights were set a little too high. But that’s what we did.
Donald Trump is set to become the 45th President of the United States, but when the crowd responded with boos at the mention of Trump’s name, Obama encouraged them to remain positive.
The passionate audience chanted ‘four more years’ at the soon-to-be ex-President, with him responding with a heartwarming smile and simply saying ‘I can’t do that.’
Barack did have some warnings to the American citizen’s watching; ‘democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted.’
He went on to say the three biggest threats to America in the foreseeable future are economic equality, racial divides and society retreating into separate ‘bubbles’.
There was also mention of the dangers of climate change being ignored, with the key being to confront it – something he wants Trump to take on board.
Watching in the crowd was of course the politician’s wife, Michelle Obama. Barack appeared tearful and very humble when he thanked her for all her help and support over the years.
He also praised Joe Biden, saying choosing him as the Vice President was his best decision.
Sasha and Malia, Obama’s daughters, also received a special mention from the leading public figure, saying ‘they wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily’.
His final ask from U.S. citizens was for them to promise him they will, ‘Believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours’.