Conceding disappointments during his presidency yet offering vigorous encouragement for the nation's future, Barack Obama issued an emotional defense Tuesday night of his vision to Americans facing a moment of anxiety and a dramatic change in leadership.
Capping his eight years in office, Obama returned to his adoptive hometown of Chicago to recast his "yes we can" campaign credo as "yes we did."
He also called on supporters to pick up the torch and forge a new "social compact".
President Barack Obama is joined by his daughter Malia and First Lady Michelle Obama after giving his presidential farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago (AP)
"Democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity," he said. "For all our outward differences, we are all in this together," he said. "We rise or fall as one."
Here's a recap of the farewell speech:
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