President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address

“Democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders quarreled and compromised, and expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity — the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.”  President Obama in his farewell address.

On January 20, 2017, President Obama will pass the baton to president-elect Donald Trump.

president-obama-farewellAs this nation’s first Black President, it was anticipated that Obama would address race issues in America.  Some were pleased when he did, and others criticized him and accused him of causing a racial divide.  In his farewell address, President Obama hit the proverbial nail on the head when saying, “Laws alone won’t be enough.  Hearts must change.”

He urged Whites to understand that protests by minorities are “not demanding special treatment, but the equal treatment our Founders promised.”

Acknowledging First Lady Michelle Obama, the President stated,

“You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor.  You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody.”

The President acknowledged how well his daughters grew up and handled the spotlight.  Sasha was not present at the farewell address and as tweets began asking why, the answer came that she had a school exam this morning.

His full address is below.

Posted on 01/11/2017, in politics and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 24 Comments.

  1. It was an amazing farewell address. Perhaps the day will come when Americans realize we can’t sail in half a ship or fly in half a plane. I doubt it will be today, but it would be a cruise or flight I’d love to be on. 😀

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  3. I love that man – and Michelle is the best First Lady EVER!!!

    • Hey Rachael! Indeed.

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      I feel the same way…Michelle Obama is the most wonderful First Lady ever!

      I love this video in the following tweet when President Obama talked about Michelle:

      Remember when Paul McCartney sang “Michelle” to the First Lady when he performed at the White House:

      I feel so blessed and grateful that we have had President Obama as our President for eight years!

      I am so deeply going to miss them!

  4. yahtzeebutterfly

    Some excerpts that I especially liked:

    “It’s the conviction that we are all created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.It’s the insistence that these rights, while self-evident, have never been self-executing; that We, the People, through the instrument of our democracy, can form a more perfect union. This is the great gift our Founders gave us. The freedom to chase our individual dreams through our sweat, toil, and imagination and the imperative to strive together as well, to achieve a greater good.”

  5. yahtzeebutterfly

    More excerpts:

  6. This is my favorite remembrance of Sasha Obama.

  7. Michelle Obama’s farewell interview.

    • yahtzeebutterfly

      I am so glad you posted this interview, Xena. I just finished watching it … I deeply appreciate our First Lady Michelle Obama and all that she has done for us and modeled for us. What a beautiful and open heart she has. She has always been inspiring and uplifting.

  8. yahtzeebutterfly

  9. I totally bawled when he talked about Michelle. I’m going to miss this man so much. From class to ass….

  10. Vice President Joe Biden honored for his life-long service.

  11. Dear Xena,

    What a difference a day makes. In one day, Americans will have lost a man of integrity and decency to be replaced by a man who has no idea what these traits are.We had 8 years with not a hint of scandal.We were able to observe a beautiful family flourish.All of this will be lost.

    Hugs, Gronda

    • Gronda,
      It’s a very sad outlook for America under a Trump administration. In another year, we might very well be be the North American USSR.

  12. Absolutely love it ❤

  13. It was a fabulous speech. All American values as they should be. Sad to see him go.

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