[Video] Obama Says Farewell to the Nation

“Yes We Can!” Three words President Obama spoke as a candidate back in 2008. Three words that became the guiding principle that inspired a nation. Together he and his family offered eight years of optimism. He served us with humility, grace, and grit. Constantly pushing us to go beyond ourselves. And even as he fought back tears, Obama reminded us, that we can either choose to be complacent about our goals or we can create opportunity using all the tools at our disposal.

On the evening of Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, the popular Obama delivered his farewell speech to the nation, declaring that he “hasn't abandoned his vision of progressive change but warning that it now comes with a new set of caveats.”

“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."

Obama made his final address in Chicago - the city where he launched his unlikely and ground-breaking political career. He spoke in the largest convention center in North America, full of supporters, who often interrupted with screams and chants of "I Love you Obama" or “four more years.” And, as we all watched, it was hard to ignore the sign that said "Pardon All of Us".

Politically humbled, he candidly admitted that political discourse soured under his watch, "for every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back." He demanded that Americans renew efforts at reconciliation. Filled with emotions, his voice trembled as he wiped away tears, almost mirroring Michelle’s final speech. Drawing major applause as he paid tribute to his wife Michelle, “my best friend” he called her “you made me proud.”

Farewell, Mr President! You and your beautiful wife and kids inspired us, and gave us some nostalgic moments. You've inspired us to be better human beings, giving us strength in our own stories as Black Americans. Never missing a beat, reminding us that we cannot lose sight of our own innate power. Thanks, for serving us proudly!


As you look back on Obama’s presidency, what moment(s) stand out?