President Obama returned to his hometown of Chicago on Tuesday, to deliver his final goodbye speech to the nation as the 44th President of the United States. Held only a few miles south of Grant Park where he first spoke to the country as president-elect eight years ago, the speech has seen emotional reactions from across the globe.
Following on from First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech last week and their star-studded leaving party, Obama spoke to the nation about not only his, but the country’s success since 2008 and the future of America. With quotes that will go down in the history books, Obama spoke on topics like the threat to democracy, racism, tolerance, goodwill and most of all hope. He finished his speech by paying tribute to his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, followed by Vice President Joe Biden. “You were the first choice I made as a nominee, and the best,” said Obama as Biden responded with a finger gun. A poignant farewell.
President Obama says Joe Biden as VP was his first and best decision pic.twitter.com/nk5igfcYbA— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 11, 2017
Watch President Obama's full speech below:
See how the celebrities reacted:
Me right nowhttps://t.co/gW55C1wrwd— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) January 11, 2017
Me watching my president Obama's farewell address tonight...I'm not gonna be able to do it y'all... pic.twitter.com/RQoaY5HEPV— Zendaya (@Zendaya) January 11, 2017
YES WE CAN #obamafarewell— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 11, 2017
And BOOM...THAT is the way a President drops the microphone and moves on down the road— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) January 11, 2017