President Obama delivers emotional farewell address

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On 10 January President Obama delivered his last speech in Chicago, by telling the crowd, “because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.”Obama’s farewell speech centered on the values of democracy and his belief in the system.

THANKS HIS FAMILY
Obama thanks his wife for being a great role model for the new generation and said the thing he was most proud of was being a father to his two daughters.

THREATS TO DEMOCRACY
Obama speech spoke a lot about the threat to American democracy,”For every two steps forward it often feels we take one step back,”Our youth and drive, our diversity and openness, our boundless capacity for risk and reinvention mean that the future should be ours.” He later added everyone not having economic opportunity, poor race relations in America, politics ignoring facts and reason, and people taking democracy for granted.

RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
He said, “After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America. Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic.” Race relations are better than they were ten, or twenty, or thirty years ago.” He added that America isn’t where it should be and claimed Americans don’t benefit by not investing in the “children of immigrants” — since one day “those brown kids will represent a larger share of America’s workforce.” He said there no use in enforcing anti discrimination laws but the hearts need to change.

CONSTITUTION BEING A GIFT
“Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own,” Obama said. “We, the people, give it power – with our participation, and the choices we make.” He also emphasized people shouldn’t take democracy for granted.

He ends his speech by saying “Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can.”

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