Embrace All: Exhorts Obama In Farewell Speech

Venkata Kondubhatla

Washington D.C.: President Barrack Obama, during his emotional farewell speech in Chicago on Tuesday, exhorted Americans to participate in the process of democracy. Bidding a tearful goodbye and eliciting rounds of applause, Obama said he was honored to serve the country.

“Democracy can buckle when we give in to fear,”he said. “Grab a clipboard and get some signatures and run for office yourself.”

Unity and democracy were the outgoing president’s final words to the country before he left office. Obama urged everyone to try to save the democratic institutions, take new information and not to live in their own bubbles, and look for common good, even in the midst of racial and religious discrimination, disregarding party affiliations. Embrace all and not just some, Obama said.

In ten days the country will see the hallmark of democracy, he said. He said he would welcome President-Elect Donald Trump to the White House as former President George W.Bush welcomed him eight years ago.

Though Obama sounded a little concerned about the future course of the country, he showed optimism by calling for “hope.” “Yes we can and yes we did,” he declared.

While admitting that the progress was uneven,he said America was a better and stronger place then than when he had started. He said stark inequality is corrosive to the democratic idea. Wanting everyone to understand people of other religion, race, and ethnicity, he cited an example of white worker who might seem advantaged from outside, but might be upended by modernization, technology, and globalization. Race, he said, remains a potent and divisive force in our country.

Obamacare, which Republicans want to repeal and replace with a better and more efficient plan and a battleground for both the parties, has provided insurance to many who had no insurance, Obama said. He challenged Republicans to come up with a better plan than the one that already existed and if they succeed he said he would be happy to work with them. After all, better plans are the ones the country needs, he said.

Thanking Michelle Obama for her support through his presidency, he said she was his best friend. “Joe Biden was my first nominee and my best nominee,” Obama acclaimed, “In the bargain, I gained a brother.”

The outgoing president will stay in Washington, D.C. for sometime till his eldest daughter finishes her college and later plans to move to Chicago.

“Democracy needs you, and I continue to stand beside you to work for democracy,” Obama said.

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