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Obama Farewell Speech: Been an Honour to Serve You, Says President

News18.com | January 11, 2017, 6:46 PM IST
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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".

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My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you: Obama 

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Rivals like Russia or China cannot match our influence around the world unless we give up what we stand for: Obama 

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I’ve seen...children remind us of our obligations to care for refugees, to work in peace, and above all to look out for each other: Obama 

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More often than not, your faith in America – and in Americans – will be confirmed.” —@POTUS on the important role as citizen: Obama

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For all our outward differences, we in fact all share the same proud title…Citizen: Obama 

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Our democracy...needs you. Not just when there’s an election...but over the full span of a lifetime: Obama 

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If you are tired of arguing with strangers on the internet try talking to them in person: Obama 

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America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured: Obama

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We should all strive to be jealous, anxious guardians of our democracy: Obama

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We should reduce the corrosive force of money in our democracy. we should insist on transparency but it is not going to happen on its own, participation is required: Obama 

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Democracy can buckle if it gives into fear: Obama 

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We should make it easier and not harder to vote: Obama

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Let's be vigilant, but not afraid: Obama

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Obama Farewell Speech: Been an Honour to Serve You, Says President
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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