The popular but politically defeated US President Barack Obama says goodbye to his country today. And, the address takes place in Chicago, the city where he declared his victories in 2008 and 2012. Obama opted to discard the usual Oval Office or East Room for his final remarks.
Obama honored Chicago, a city that he first visited in his early twenties. He said that, back then, he was still searching for himself and his purpose. This search continues today. He will also say that Chicago taught him about getting engaged, and that it is only when people come together that change happens. It is in Chicago “where it all started.”
"It's good to be home!" – Obama, to a roaring Chicago crowd. #ObamaFarewell
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Barack Obama Outlines His Achievements
Obama leaves the White House with scores of progressive policies set in place. And, for anyone wondering, yes there is enough evidence of changes that happened during Obama’s tenure. However, his supporters fear Donald Trump’s presidency and what he might do to destroy Obama’s legacy, CNN reported.
Obama’s speech is forward-thinking and does not make comparisons with the incoming president. “It’s easy to lose sight of that in the blizzard of our minute-to-minute Washington news cycles. But America is a story told not minute to minute, but generation to generation,” Obama wrote on Facebook. He said that they have made America a better and stronger place for future generations. He also acknowledged that their their work will never be over and is always “unfinished.”
Obama’s speech takes a look at race and divisions in the US right now. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” he quoted Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird. He also mentioned that the issue of race continues to divide the country and that post-racial America was “never realistic.”
And, on Obamacare, the outgoing president said that if the next administration can come up with a better plan, then he will support it publicly. President-elect Trump has called for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act as soon as possible, The Guardian noted.
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USA Must Unite To Meet Future Challenges
But he called on everyone to unite. “There have been moments throughout our history that threatened to rupture that solidarity. The beginning of this century has been one of those times.” And even though the very democracy of the country is at stake, meeting these challenges determines their capability to educate, create jobs and protect the homeland.
On climate change, Obama outlined the steps he took to meet the challenge head on. He appealed to the country to heed, not ignore, scientific facts. “But without some common baseline of facts. Without a willingness to admit new information and that your opponent might be making a fair point and that science and reason matter, then we’re doing to keep talking past each other.”
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