President Obama’s Hopeful Farewell Address

 

Last night, President Barack Obama said goodbye to all of us during his farewell address but left us with a message of hope and change. After serving the American people for eight years, President Obama recounted a presidency that experienced a numerous amount of successes as well as setbacks. “It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy…to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours,” President Obama stated to the American people reminding us to never give up on one another. Obama went on to remind us of our beginnings as a country, “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.” In our great nation, we have seen the worst of human nature and we have seen the best of human nature. Don’t let one bad thing ruin you, be reminded of all that we, as a nation, have accomplished and will accomplish. Your struggle is my struggle and my struggle is your struggle. The 44th President of the United States concluded his farewell address with a message of hope and change, “…this generation coming up — unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic — I’ve seen you in every corner of the country. You believe in a fair, and just, and inclusive America. I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours. I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written: Yes, we can.”

 

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