Nov. 4, 2008 witnessed the first elected African-American male as the 44th President of the United States. Eight years and four days later, Barack Obama said goodbye to the White House.
In his farewell address–which he delivered Tuesday night in Chicago–Obama declares that “he hasn’t abandoned his vision of progressive change but warn[s] that it now comes with a new set of caveats,” as stated by CNN.
The speech promised an optimistic future and reminded all that America must stay united despite some negative connotation towards the president-elect, and “challenges to our democracy,” MSNBC quoted.
Obama added that 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.”
A big take-away from his speech was a warning for the future; as the Huffington Post described, this election was “one of the most corrosive elections in U.S. history and [Obama has] a deep sense that the poisonous political environment has pitted Americans against each other.”
On the more optimistic side, though, the father of two illustrates his “accomplishments of the last eight years ranging from healthcare to marriage equality, all while insisting that his work isn’t finished.”
When touching the subject of his wife, Michelle Obama, and her role in the White House, he teared up and added that she “took on a role [she] didn’t ask for and made it [her] own with grace and grit and style and good humor…[she] made the White House a place that belongs to everybody,” CNN states.
Although Barack Obama is leaving the White House, his legacy of change will be remembered across the U.S.
Barack Obama, out.