President Obama has given an emotional farewell speech in his home city of Chicago. The speech has been viewed by some to give comfort to Americans who are concerned about the state of the country and recent events.
He spoke of his eight years in the Whitehouse and of his administration’s achievements. He said his faith in America had been confirmed.
President Obama, 55, was quick to address the recent toxic political campaign, saying that America’s great potential “will be realised only if our democracy works. Only if our politics reflects the decency of our people. Only if all of us, regardless of our party affiliation or particular interest, help restore the sense of common purpose that we so badly need right now”.
He said that too many in America feel that the system works only for the rich and powerful, and was stacked against them in reference to Trump’s election win. He warned of the dangers of fake news and urged people to embrace activism, saying “If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life.”
President Obama paid tribute to the sacrifice of his wife and daughters. His youngest daughter Sasha was absent from the speech. No explanation was given.
Soon Donald Trump will be president of the U.S. His values are radically different from Obama in some cases, and many of the achievements from the Obama administration will be dismantled overtime, especially Obamacare, which is something of an obsession for most Republicans.
Other aspects which could also be reversed are environmental policies and agreements, and the nuclear deal with Iran.
His speech ran for an hour, and as he was reading it reports were surfacing that Russia had financial and personal information that could damage Donald Trump.
After Trump’s inauguration, President Obama plans to take time off and write a book.