by Lauren Redfern
January 10, 2017, our 44th commander in chief gave his farewell speech in Chicago where his journey to the White House started. President Obama and family have been adored by many during his two terms in the oval office. Most would agree his time as President has been all but smooth, but through time has helped change our nation in ways to help the people he said inspired him to become a politician.
Social Media has been heavy with memes of President Obama and Vice President Biden, often reflecting their relationship. That evening the President thanked his Vice, a thank you that had the Biden and Obama families both in tears. Obama thanked Biden by saying, Biden, “the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favorite son: you were the first decision I made as a nominee, and it was the best,” he said. “Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother.” This summarizes the relationship these two figureheads hold.
As the President went on, he had the nation in tears as he spoke from his heart about his adored wife, the First Lady Michelle. Obama stated that his wife is the best part about him. Mrs. Obama has reached out to the generation of children and preached and taught about healthy lifestyles we should live. She was an advocate for women and children, an advocate that “walked the walked” as one would describe. He then continued by thanking his daughters who have grown into beautiful women before his and Michelle’s eyes.
He then returned to speaking to the nation he has led for the past eight years. He said to supporters, “If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try talking with one of them in real life. If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Persevere.” His message through the speech was to not shy away, but to advocate for what is yours.
President Obama then concluded his speech with the words, “Yes We Can,” the slogan he used for his first campaign. He left the stage with the sounds of the American people chanting that beloved slogan that once gave hope and meaning to a nation.