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President Obama’s final goodbye; an emotional farewell speech

“I’m asking you to believe – not in my ability to create change, but in yours.”

By Charlotte Brouwer, 11 January 2017
President Obama’s final goodbye; an emotional farewell speech

Last night the world said goodbye to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, a power couple who will no doubt go down in history as one of the most compassionate, respected and admirable residents of The White House, and presidents of The United States of America.

During his Farewell Address, President Obama called upon Americans to defend their democracy, and remember their duty as citizens, during an emotionally charged farewell speech in his home town Chicago.

“I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours,” he told them.

The world watched as he looked back at his eight years of trials and triumphs, and celebrities took to social media to praise the 44th President of the United States and thank him for his service.

During his speech, the President took a moment to thank his wife, and it's safe to say he wasn't the only person who got a little misty-eyed.

After a rousing call to action asking Americans to stay hopeful and to keep fighting for change after he leaves office, the President turned to the First Lady to acknowledge how grateful he's been for her love and support over the years.

"Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side," he said. "For the past 25 years you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend."

At this point, the President began tearing up, clearly emotional over how much the couple has been through and accomplished together over the years — causing both his daughter, Malia Obama, and the rest of the world to start sobbing immediately.

"You took on a role you didn't ask for, and you made it your own — with grace and with grit and with style and good humour," the President continued. "You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody, and a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model."

"You have made me proud, and you have made the country proud," he concluded.

By the end, Obama was wiping away tears as the crowd embraced him one last time as POTUS.

He and his wife Michelle hugged former aides and other audience members long after the speech ended.

As the crowd chanted "Four more years", he simply smiled and said: "I can’t do that."

Commence sobbing.