After the powerful speeches made by Michelle Obama in the last few weeks, it was President Barack Obama’s turn.
Tuesday night, Obama made his farewell speech in Chicago, where he discovered himself and made his initial foray into politics.
“Now this is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it.”
He continued, saying America was built on this practice and this is why this country is “exceptional”.
“What a radical idea, the great gift that our Founders gave to us. The freedom to chase our individual dreams through our sweat, and toil, and imagination — and the imperative to strive together as well, to achieve a common good, a greater good.
“For 240 years, our nation’s call to citizenship has given work and purpose to each new generation. It’s what led patriots to choose republic over tyranny, pioneers to trek west, slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom.”
He admits our country isn’t perfect, but we are able to change, make progress, and that’s what makes us so great.
“But the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all, and not just some.”
Of course, he couldn’t leave without listing the progress that was made while he was president.
“And the good news is that today the economy is growing again. Wages, incomes, home values and retirement accounts are all rising again. Poverty is falling again. The wealthy are paying a fair share of taxes. Even as the stock market shatters records, the unemployment rate is near a 10-year low. The uninsured rate has never, ever been lower. Health care costs are rising at the slowest rate in 50 years.”
Lastly, he thanked his supporting wife and two daughters.
This part of the speech touched everyone’s heart including his daughter Malia. Malia was seen wiping proud tears as he said, “You’ve made me proud.”
“Michelle LaVaughn Robinson of the South Side for the past 25 years you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for. And you made it your own with grace and with grit and with style, and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You have made me proud, and you have made the country proud. Malia and Sasha… under the strangest of circumstances you have become two amazing young women. You are smart and you are beautiful. But more importantly, you are kind and you are thoughtful and you are full of passion.”
As Obama’s family joined him on stage, America couldn’t help but wonder where the younger sister Sasha was. As soon as America came to this realization, there was no stopping social media with creating hilarious memes and twitter posts.
But, to answer everyone’s aching question, “Where was Sasha?”
According to White House officials they told CBS News that, “Sasha stayed back in D.C. because she had an exam the next morning.”
The Obama family was always known for disciplining their daughters.
Goodbye, Obama family. Thank you so much for giving this country faith and hope even as we head into the future with a new President that exemplifies quite the opposite values.