Column: President Barack Obama Makes His Farewell Address

Our 44th President of the United States

Barack Obama, delivered his farewell address to the nation on January 10, 2017 in his adopted city of Chicago.  Despite relentless obstruction and disrespect from Republicans, President Obama achieved an incredible list of accomplishes after taking the highest office in the country at a time when our country’s economy was on the brink of total collapse and the number one terrorist in the world, the architect of the attacks of 9-11 was still on the loose, and most likely planning even more devastating attacks. 

Obama Achieves Major Goals

During his tenure, President Obama also helped to resurrect a flailing American auto manufacturing industry and helped to create the longest continuous job growth in history. He also signed off on the Affordable Care Act that has reduced the number of uninsured Americans to the lowest level ever. Certainly, his legacy will be extraordinary and his leadership, integrity, and concern for all Americans; regardless of station in life, will be greatly missed.

“You were the change. You answered people’s hopes, and because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.” — President Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America (January 10, 2017)

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Excerpts and President’s Full Address  

His full address — “Yes, We Did. Yes, We Can” — is online and can be found also at https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/. Here are excerpts from the President Obama’s speech.   “If I had told you eight years ago that  America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history — (applause) — if I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, take out the mastermind of 9/11 — (applause) — if I had told you that we would win marriage equality, and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens — (applause) — if I had told you all that, you might have said our sights were set a little too high. But that’s what we did. (Applause.) That’s what you did.  “You were the change. You answered people’s hopes, and because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.”

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