Chicago: In an emotional speech, the outgoing United States President Barack Obama bid farewell to Americans today with the message of hope and optimism that brought him into the White House eight years back.
The 44th President of the US from his adopted hometown of Chicago called on the country to be “anxious, jealous guardians of democracy”.
Obama also expressed warning for the years to come, while asking Americans to stay committed to democratic values and persist in their optimism for change.
The President told a crowd of about 20,000 people in an hour-long address. “After eight years as your President, I still believe that.” “Tonight it’s my turn to say thanks … Everyday I learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man.”
Obama told the American people in a large convention hall a few blocks from Grant Park, where he spoke to supporters on the night of his historic election in 2008, “And it’s not just my belief. It’s the beating heart of our American idea-our bold experiment in self-government.”
In 4,300 words, Obama also listed major feats his administration had accomplished during his tenure, including reversing recession, opening up a new chapter with Cuba, inking the Iranian nuclear deal, taking out Osama bin Laden, promoting gay marriage and increasing medical insurance coverage.
His successor, President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to undo some of his signature policies. He would be sworn into office on January 20.