As we enter the final days of the Obama administration, the uncertainty and controversy over our President-elect only becomes more of a reality. The final speeches from President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are in the books.
Michelle Obama gave her final White House remarks in an emotional speech Friday January 6th, at the White House, surrounded by school counselors. In her time at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama has championed education, fitness, and military families, as her main focus. She also frequently used the East Room or the South Lawn to speak on these topics and opened many parts of the White House to the public. Michelle Obama truly devoted herself to the role as First Lady and made it a point to open the White House to everyone, and all Americans from across the nation. An accomplished woman in her own right, Michelle Obama stated “being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life and I hope I’ve made you proud.” With a direct message to the American youth “I want our young people to know that they matter, that they belong,” Obama said. “So don’t be afraid. You hear me, young people? Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of you boundless promise. Lead by example with hope; never fear.”
But FLOTUS was not the only one who made us cry or inspire us for a better future. On January 10th, President Obama made his final public remarks as President in Chicago, where it all started 8 years ago. President Obama stated how proud he was to have brought America out of the worst economic recession “If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history…,” Obama said. He also expressed how proud he is to have been a part of creating a better way of life for the American people and people around the word “If I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, and take out the mastermind of 9/11… If I had told you that we would win marriage equality, and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens — you might have said our sights were set a little too high”.
As the crow looked on, wiping away tears, the speech received the loudest applause, when an emotional Obama paid tribute to his wife Michelle and his daughters Malia and Sasha. He stated “You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor,”. The crowd also erupted in applause when he thanked his right hand man, Vice President Joe Biden for his continued support and work during their administration. As we bid farewell to our 44th President, he reminded us of the hope we started with in 2008, “Yes we can” and he inspired the American people and our youth, that “Yes we did”.