President Obama’s Farewell Address: Defend Your Democracy
The farewell speech by soon-to-be-former-President Obama was met with a lot of expectation of nostalgia and joy. As people protested for the President to get four more years in office, it was clear that Obama encourages support of democracy over monarchy. In a few words, he addressed the President-elect Donald Trump, assuring him of the smooth transition his administration would offer him. Surprisingly, in the four thousand, three hundred words spoken by President Obama in his farewell speech, the President-elect was only addressed once by name.
Obama urged the blacks, the rural poor,refugee, the transgender American,immigrants and other minorities to equate their struggle for justice with the efforts of others in America, in light of the remarks that propelled president-elect Trump to victory. He pointed out that discrimination will not be attained by putting in place laws against it, but people changing their hearts on discrimination.
The soon-to-be-former-President covered the topic of deep polarization, where he pointed out that majority of people in the nation are not willing to challenge opinions and facts. He stated that most people are retreating to settings where there are people that concur with their views. Additionally, there are a lot of individuals that are not willing to challenge ideas and have informed-fully researched views on matters concerning the state. He continued to say that increasing economic and social gatherings, media channels that favor particular taste, naked partisanship and people only accepting information that fits their opinions, have done more harm than good.
President Obama urged people to take a change in their hands, stating that if they are dissatisfied with things happening in the nation, they should do something about it instead of retreating and complaining. In light of the small turn up during the elections, Obama pointed out that democracy only works when people use it to changes. Additionally, he noted that the constitution has a lot in it, but it lacks power when it is not being utilized by those who should. Obama challenged the people to take up the problems of the fellow Americans at heart, and step up and do what they can to make the lives of their fellow Americans better.
President Obama then applauded his wife, soon-to-be-former first lady Michelle Obama, in an emotional way expressing his appreciation for the support and love he received from her, highlighting that she made him a better man and a better president to the nation. He pointed out that the first lady took up the role given to her with poise, grace and embodied the position fully, even though it was not something she had asked for or expected. He went on to thank his daughter, Sasha ( who was not in attendance due to exams) and Malia for allowing him to be a proud dad. He received cheers and waves of goodbye from the crowd as he was joined by Michelle, Malia, the vice president Joe Biden, and his wife.
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