President Barack Obama said goodbye to the nation on Tuesday night. “We rise or fall as one”, said Obama in his farewell address. He also added that he has not deserted his vision of progressive change.
The president also got a bit emotional during his speech, as he recounted all the setbacks as well as successes as a president. He demanded that the Americans to renew their efforts at reconciliation.
Democracy does not require uniformity”.”Our founders quarreled and compromised, and expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity — the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.
Obama admitted “for every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back.”
Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear,”.”So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.
After eight years as your President, I still believe that,” he went on. “And it’s not just my belief. It’s the beating heart of our American idea — our bold experiment in self-government.
Obama’s Full Farewell Speech:
Barack Obama posted on Twitter:
Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours.
— President Obama (@POTUS) 11 January 2017
The First Lady Michelle also Tweeted:
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) 11 January 2017
“Yes we can” and “Yes, We did it”– The White House Tweeted:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) 11 January 2017