President Obama delivers his farewell speech in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017 (Photo: Screenshot)
With less than 10 days left in his eight-year presidency, Obama returned to his adopted hometown of Chicago Tuesday to say farewell, tout his accomplishments in bringing “change” to America and offer his “hopeful” vision for its future.
He also warned that America “has more work to do” on the “divisive” issue of race, and he claimed no foreign terrorist organization has successfully attacked America while he was in the White House.
Obama gave the Tuesday address standing in front of a massive American flag and before a crowd of up to 20,000 people at McCormick Place, the same downtown convention center where he declared his election night victory over GOP nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. Tickets to the event reportedly sold for as much as $5,000 on eBay and Craigslist. Aides said Obama prepared for the farewell speech for months.
“My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes we’ve received over the past few weeks,” Obama told the crowd. “But tonight it’s my turn to say thanks. Whether we’ve seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people – in living rooms and schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant outposts – are what have kept me honest, kept me inspired, and kept me going. Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man.”
About half-way through his speech, Obama declared that visions of a “post-racial America” following his election were “never realistic.”
“[R]ace remains a potent and often divisive force in our society,” Click to see the original article