44 Views

Here Are 11 Things To Learn From Obama’s Farewell Speech

The United States President Barack Obama has said goodbye after spending eight years in office. He delivered his farewell speech in his hometown of Chicago on Tuesday, January 10.

In his emotional farewell speech, he talked about his eight years in office, thanked hi family, staff and all those who made his tenure a success.

Below are takeaways from the outgoing president’s his speech.

1. He has been made a better man and a better president

Obama said in his eight years in office, his conversations with the American people has kept him honest and kept him going. He said it was his source of inspiration and motivation over the years.

And every day, I have learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man,” he said.

2. Lessons he learnt

The outgoing president said he has learnt that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged and come together to demand it. He is convinced we are all created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights which include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

3. Extolling the exceptionalism of America

He said America is exceptional, not because it was not flawless from the start but because they have shown the capacity to change and make life better for others.

Yes, our progress has been uneven. The work of democracy has always been hard. It has been contentious. Sometimes it has been bloody. For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back. But the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all, and not just some,” he said.

4. Stark inequality, a threat to American democracy

He said the progress is not enough if a few prosper at the expense of a growing middle class. He decried that while the top 1 percent has amassed a bigger share of wealth, others in inner cities and in rural counties have been left behind. He said this was corrosive to the country’s democratic idea.

5. Race, a threat to American democracy

There’s a second threat to our democracy. And this one is as old as our nation itself.

According to him, race has remained a potent and divisive force in the society. He noted that race relations were better than they were years ago and if the people are going to be serious about race going forward, they need to uphold laws against discrimination in hiring, housing, education and in the criminal justice system.

He said that hearts must also change as laws alone will not be enough while adding that it will not change overnight as it often takes time.

6. Tribute to service members

Takeaways from Obama's farewell speech

Americans pay attention as President Obama delivers a farewell speech

Obama also paid tribute to the nation’s military, diplomats, and law enforcement for saying because of their courage and intelligence no foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on US soil in the past eight years.

The global coalition we’re leading against ISIL has taken out their leaders and taken away about half their territory. ISIL will be destroyed. And no one who threatens America will ever be safe,” he said.

7. America’s influence around the world cannot be matched

He said: “Rivals like Russia or China cannot match our influence around the world — unless we give up what we stand for, and turn ourselves into just another big country that bullies smaller neighbors.”

8. Leave the internet sometimes and talk to one another in real life

Takeaways from Obama's farewell speech

Obama breaks down in tears as he delivers farewell address

If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try talking with one of them in real life,” he said.

The outgoing president advised people to strive to assume the best rather than the worst about the people they disagree with.

9. If you are not happy with those you elected, run for office yourself

If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing.If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clip board, get some signatures, and run for office yourself,” he said.

10. Tribute to his wife, Michelle and daughters, Malia and Sasha

He said Michelle has been his best friend for the past 25 years and made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. He said she is a role model to the new generation. He added that she has made him and the country proud.

The outgoing president said his daughters have become two amazing young women under the strangest of circumstances.

You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad.”

11. Yes we can

With a final shout of his campaign mantra “Yes We Can,” urged Americans to believe in their ability to bring about change and also uphold the US values and reject discrimination.

You can watch Obama’s farewell speech below….

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

Photo: Billionaire Arthur Eze Relaxes In His Mansion Ahead Of Anambra Election (Photo Inside)
Politics
Politics

Photo: Billionaire Arthur Eze Relaxes In His Mansion Ahead Of Anambra Election (Photo Inside)

MT - October 20, 2017

A photo of Nigerian billionaire and Chairman of Atlas Oranto Petroleum, Chief Arthur Eze, showing off his class in anticipation for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Anambra…

Top 8 Female Football Players Between 2005 and 2017 – Nigeria’s Perpetua Nkwocha Completes The List..
Sports
3 views
Sports
3 views

Top 8 Female Football Players Between 2005 and 2017 – Nigeria’s Perpetua Nkwocha Completes The List..

MT - October 20, 2017

It is generally known by a large number of football fans everywhere throughout the world for the MEN who kick footballs around the pitch, crosswise over countries…

Gbenga Daniel Reveals The Main Reason PDP Loses Elections
Buzz & Trends
3 views
Buzz & Trends
3 views

Gbenga Daniel Reveals The Main Reason PDP Loses Elections

MT - October 19, 2017

Former Governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel, on Wednesday said the Peoples Democratic Party had been losing elections because it deviated from its guiding principles. Daniel…

Adesua Etomi On Good Spending – ‘You Don’t Need To Buy Things To Impress Anyone’
Entertainment
3 views
Entertainment
3 views

Adesua Etomi On Good Spending – ‘You Don’t Need To Buy Things To Impress Anyone’

MT - October 19, 2017

Pretty Nollywood actress, Adesua Etomi, has taken to her Twitter page on Wednesday to share words of advise on "good spending" to her fans on social media.…

How This Lagos Businessman Duped Union Bank Of N335 Million Will Surprise You.
Shocking
3 views
Shocking
3 views

How This Lagos Businessman Duped Union Bank Of N335 Million Will Surprise You.

MT - October 18, 2017

A 47-year-old businessman, Henry Ekuase, has been brought before an lkeja Magistrate’s Court, Lagos State, for duping Union Bank of N335m. The police said Ekuase fraudulently obtained…

Meet David Samson, A Fresh Marine Engineer Graduate From Philippine’ University, Solely Sponsored By Ex-President Jonathan
Inspiring
33 views
Inspiring
33 views

Meet David Samson, A Fresh Marine Engineer Graduate From Philippine’ University, Solely Sponsored By Ex-President Jonathan

MT - October 18, 2017

A Nigerian man,Mr. David Samson,has graduated as a Marine Engineer from University of Perpetual Help System, Philippine. According to him, his parents did not spend one cent…

How Embattled NNPC Boss, Maikanti Baru Emerged Chairman NGA Advisory Board
Politics
3 views
Politics
3 views

How Embattled NNPC Boss, Maikanti Baru Emerged Chairman NGA Advisory Board

MT - October 18, 2017

The GMD of NNPC, Dr Maikanti Baru, has emerged as the chairman, advisory board, Nigerian Gas Association (NGA). According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the board…

Fayemi’s Wife, Erelu Bisi, Appointed as Visiting Senior Research Fellow at London College
Best of Nigeria
3 views
Best of Nigeria
3 views

Fayemi’s Wife, Erelu Bisi, Appointed as Visiting Senior Research Fellow at London College

PH - October 18, 2017

Wife of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has been appointed Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the prestigious King’s College, London. Mrs Fayemi,…

Do You Know That Too Much Of Fruits Consumption Can Be Harmful To Your Health [Details]
Food and Health
2 views
Food and Health
2 views

Do You Know That Too Much Of Fruits Consumption Can Be Harmful To Your Health [Details]

MT - October 18, 2017

Many believe that all is well with your diet so far you keep on eating fruits. This article will reveal the marketing and myth of this school…

This Adorable Photo Of Handsome Triplets Who Posed With Beautiful Twins Has Gone Viral
Inspiring
3 views
Inspiring
3 views

This Adorable Photo Of Handsome Triplets Who Posed With Beautiful Twins Has Gone Viral

MT - October 18, 2017

This handsome triplet met with two gorgeous twins and their photos together is making everyone go “awwwwn”. Apparently, all five of them all met at a getaway…

SEE How Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Is Celebrating His 43rd Birthday [Lovely Photos]
Art, History and Culture
2 views
Art, History and Culture
2 views

SEE How Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Is Celebrating His 43rd Birthday [Lovely Photos]

MT - October 18, 2017

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi is 43 today. Check out the early morning cake surprise he got from his family.. The Ọọni is a qualified…

Check Out Lovely Photos Of Alaafin Of Oyo’s Youngest Queen, Badirat Olaitan And Her Sons
Art, History and Culture
5 views
Art, History and Culture
5 views

Check Out Lovely Photos Of Alaafin Of Oyo’s Youngest Queen, Badirat Olaitan And Her Sons

MT - October 18, 2017

Olori Badirat Olaitan Adeyemi, the youngest wife of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Iku Baba Yeye, is in a joyful mood currently. The pretty queen…

PHOTOS: Mavin Crew Artist, Dija All Loved Up In Rarely Seen Photo With Her Hubby, Rotimi
Entertainment
5 views
Entertainment
5 views

PHOTOS: Mavin Crew Artist, Dija All Loved Up In Rarely Seen Photo With Her Hubby, Rotimi

MT - October 18, 2017

Di’ja and her husband, Rotimi, stepped out for a lunch date and couldn’t get enough of themselves! The Mavin princess and mother of one shared the photos…

N5.1Bn Fraud UPDATE: Witness Reveals How Dudafa Laundered Money For Patience Jonathan
Politics
5 views
Politics
5 views

N5.1Bn Fraud UPDATE: Witness Reveals How Dudafa Laundered Money For Patience Jonathan

MT - October 18, 2017

Orji Chukwuma, a prosecution witness, in the ongoing trial of former Special Assistant on Domestic Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Waripamo-Owei Dudafa, on Tuesday, October 17,…

Watch Moment Nnamdi Kanu’s Co-accused Sparked In Court For Being ‘Manhandled’ By Security Operatives. (Photos/Video)
Politics
36 views
Politics
36 views

Watch Moment Nnamdi Kanu’s Co-accused Sparked In Court For Being ‘Manhandled’ By Security Operatives. (Photos/Video)

MT - October 18, 2017

There was a mild drama earlier today before the trial resumption of Nnamdi Kanu at the Federal High Court in Abuja. The leader of the Indigenous People…

How To Gain Admission Into Nigerian Universities
How Tos
6 views
How Tos
6 views

How To Gain Admission Into Nigerian Universities

MT - October 18, 2017

For most students in Nigeria, getting admission into the university is posing itself as the biggest hurdle they’ve ever encountered and the most insurmountable task they ever…

How To Start Tin Tomato Paste Production In Nigeria
Best of Nigeria
7 views
Best of Nigeria
7 views

How To Start Tin Tomato Paste Production In Nigeria

MT - October 18, 2017

Tomato is a very popular fruit (if you like, vegetable) which is consumed in all parts of the world. In Nigeria, it is a staple food in…

See The Huge Bonus Neymar Is To Collect From PSG If He Wins The Ballon d’Or
Sports
6 views
Sports
6 views

See The Huge Bonus Neymar Is To Collect From PSG If He Wins The Ballon d’Or

MT - October 18, 2017

The eye-watering bonus football star Neymar is to receive from Paris Saint-Germain if he wins the Ballon d’Or has been revealed. Paris Saint-Germain will reportedly pay the…

Loading...