President Obama has finally delivered his farewell address (#ObamaFarewell) in Chicago while more than half the country cried their eyes out.
The crowd was filled with tears before Obama even said a word while they simultaneously cheered, "Four more years!"
"I can't do that," he laughed. He then continued, "Change only happens when ordinary people get involved. After 8 years as your president I still believe that."
The crowd booed when Obama mentioned Trump but he wasn't having it. He reminded us all of the peaceful transfer of power while exemplifying total class and grace:
Obama then low-key took a shot Trump, defending Obamacare and implying that our President-Elect has no healthcare plan. "If anyone can put together a plan that is demonstrably better (than Obamacare), I will publicly support it." The crowd agreed with him with an overwhelming stand ovation. He then continued, "That, after all, is why we serve. Not to score points or take credit, but to make people’s lives better." Yep, he just went there.
As we expected, the 44th president didn't hold back on issues regarding race, mentioning that our country must uphold laws against discrimination in our jobs, housing, schools and criminal justice system. "But laws will never be enough. Hearts must change," he explained.
He noted that racism in America has went down since he was a child, but that we are nowhere near where we need to be. As Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray once said, "I know we've come so far, but we've got so far to go."
Basically, he gave America one big history lesson. Apparently, some people forgot everything they learned in high school, but Obama kindly reminded them.
"The effects of slavery and Jim Crow didn't suddenly vanish in the 60s," he stated. YOU BETTER SAY THAT, PREZ!
He then reminded us (and by us, we mean white people) that discrimination against immigrants isn't anything new. "Stereotypes about immigrants today were said almost word for word about the Irish, and Italians and Poles." In fact, it was even controversial when JFK became President considering he was Irish, Italian, and catholic. Times sure have changed.
Despite the fact that rough times may be ahead, he encouraged Americans everywhere to get out and fight and that there's always hope...no matter what.
We might not be happy with the results of the recent election, but Obama wants Americans to accept the responsibilities of citizenship and get out and vote. Take apart of the democracy our ancestors have fought for. The constitution, after all, has no power without PEOPLE. "It's up to us," he said.
"If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life," he said. "If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing."
Basically, GET OUT AND VOTE. Show the world you care.
He ended his speech by mentioning those he cares most about: his family, his staff, and his supporters. He thanked his wife, Southside girl "Michelle LaVaughn Robison Obama," during a soul-wrenching, too-sweet-for-words speech. Obama even had to take out the tissues because it was just that emotional.
"A new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model," he said as he held back tears. If anything, Obama's love for his lady and his family should inspire men everywhere.
He then ended his speech asking Americans everywhere to continue to fight for change. "I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours."
"You've made me a better president. You've made me a better man."
And you, President Obama, you've made us a better country. You will be missed. Thank for for the last 8 years.