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Obama says 'yes we did' in emotive farewell address

Obama says 'yes we did' in emotive farewell address

With a final call of his campaign mantra "Yes We Can", President Barack Obama urged Americans on Tuesday to stand up for U.S. values and reject discrimination as the United States transitions to the presidency of Republican Donald Trump. "You took on a role that you didn't ask for and you made it your own with grace and with grit and with style and good humor". You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody and a new generation sets it sights higher because it has you as a role model.

"Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two wonderful young women", said the proud father.

Mr. Obama spoke about the advances made on issues of national security and the fight against terrorism, noting that under his watch, the country has eliminated torture, worked to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center and killed terrorist Osama bin Laden.

His delivery was forceful for most of his speech, but by the end he was wiping away tears as the crowd embraced him one last time.

"Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two awesome young women", he said.

The president will be accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice Joe President Biden, and Dr. Jill Biden for the 9 p.m. speech.

Obama traveled to Chicago to deliver his final speech.

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The Telegraph: "After eight years of preaching change and hope, Mr Obama ended his leadership with an urgent and fearful warning about the state of American democracy".

The White House didn't explain the absence. "Four more years!" - lingered in the hall until long after Obama had left. He is a Northwestern University grad who began working full time for the president in 2008.

In another article in Fox News, Bill Whalen says, "As such, it was a disappointing finale to a presidency that, too often and in too many different ways, placed too high of a premium on celebrity status and cult of personality-an American colossus ruled by Narcissus".

He staunchly defended the power of activists to make a difference - the driving factor behind Obama's optimism in the face of so much anxiety, he said.

Many Obama aides who had planned exotic holidays or coffer-replenishing forays into the private sector are also reassessing their future and mulling a return to the political trenches.

Obama chose to travel to Chicago to be with the people for his final speech, a first for a departing U.S. President, discarding the comfort of the Oval Office or the East Room that have hosted so many final speeches before.

Unexpectedly absent was Obama's younger daughter, Sasha, who had been expected to join sister Malia at the speech.


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