Watch President Obama's Farewell Speech, Promises Smooth Transition To TrumpPresident Barack Obama of the United States has on early on Wednesday, January 11, gave his official farewell speech to the people of America and perhaps the world.
Obama took the opportunity to thank all who have supported him in his political career, spending some time to reminisce about his first visit to Chicago where he started out in public service.
Concerning Chicago, he said, “It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith, and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss.”
Obama in his farewell speech reiterated his belief in the ability of the people to demand change and to see it in action, a major theme of his presidential campaign in 2008.
He went on to highlight some of his accomplishments in office in the course of the last 8 years.
“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 — 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, 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 — if I had told you all that, you might have said our sights were set a little too high,” he said.
He added: “But that’s what we did. That’s what you did. You were the change. The answer to people’s hopes and, because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.”
America’s first black American president also promised to ensure a smooth transition to the incoming president and business mogul, Donald Trump.
“In 10 days the world will witness a hallmark of our democracy. No, no, no, no, no. The peaceful transfer of power from one freely-elected President to the next. I committed to President-Elect Trump that my administration would ensure the smoothest possible transition, just as President Bush did for me,” he said.
The outgoing American president also touched on one of his favourite policies, the Obamacare, which does not seem to enjoy much support from President-Elect Trump.
“Health care costs are rising at the slowest rate in 50 years. And I’ve said, and I mean it, anyone can put together a plan that is demonstrably better than the improvements we’ve made to our health care system, that covers as many people at less cost, I will publicly support it,” Obama said.
Watch the farewell speech below: