POTUS Barack Obama gave a heart touching farewell speech a few days ago. He spoke from his heart and did not miss acknowledging the ones who really made a difference.
He spoke languidly and gave us so many lessons in his last speech. Here are the lessons which touched our cord from Obama’s farewell speech –
#1 Be humble, ALWAYS
Even in his last speech, he called out on the American citizens and acknowledged, “And every day, I have learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man.” A man of such stature and such humility. No airs, no bragging just simple down to earth demeanour. He confessed that his conversations with the American people has kept him honest and kept him going. He said it was his source of inspiration and motivation over the 8 years.
#2 Respect Women
He made us cry and melt when he spoke so fondly about his wife Michelle Obama. A man who respects his wife and treats her as an equal. He gave due credit to his wife for all that she has done. Teary eyed he said, “Michelle, for the past twenty-five years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You’ve made the country proud.”
#3 On Raising Daughters
Obama did not forget to speak about his daughters Malia and Sasha. A proud father said, “Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.“
#4 Leave the Internet and Sometimes Talk in Real Life
#5 Friendship Goals
Joe Biden and Barack Obama, the friendship goals personified! Obama extended his gratitude to Joe too, “To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favorite son: You were the first choice I made as a nominee, and the best. Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother. We love you and Jill like family, and your friendship has been one of the great joys of our life.”
#6 Yes we can
With a final shout of his campaign mantra “Yes We Can,” he urged Americans to believe in their ability to bring about the change and also uphold US values and reject discrimination. Amidst an uproar from the audience he said, “I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:
Yes We Can.
Yes We Did.
Yes We Can.”
Surely Barack Obama will be missed by not just America but also the world.
What was your favorite moment from his speech?