On January 10, President Barack Obama followed in the footsteps of the many men who came before him in delivering his farewell address, nearly ten years after he first announced his bid for the presidency while still a freshman senator.
A tradition started by George Washington (but first continued by Andrew Jackson and later revived by Harry Truman), the farewell address is an important opportunity for the outgoing president to speak to his legacy, explain some of their decision-making, urge caution for the successor, and give hope to the people.
And while President Obama commented on an array of topics, such as his foray into politics and his undying faith in the American experiment, there was one moment that is being talked about today more than any other. After all, the Obama administration was truly a family affair.
Yes We Did, Yes We Can
In his powerful and sentimental farewell speech, President Obama demonstrated yet again that, if nothing else, he is a thoughtful, classy, and well-spoken gentleman and family man.
From his first run for presidency, the Obama family has been a key element to his politics; two young daughters in the White House and the most educated and accomplished First Lady in history. It’s only natural that he would turn to them in his farewell address, and it became a moment none of us will likely soon forget.
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, Girl of the South Side
Among the many expected and important things the outgoing president said, the moment people can’t get enough of is when he turn his sights on his family.
Ever the family man, Barack first thanked his wife Michelle for taking on her role with grace and conviction. Who wouldn’t want somebody to look at them the way Barack looks at his wife? That lip bite was just too much! *Swoon*
And when he called her by her maiden name, even Barack couldn’t hold back the tears. Somehow Michelle managed to stay composed, as always.
“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.”
Here’s the clip people just can’t stop watching.
Though her sister Sasha was at home studying (this family means business!), Malia was seated by her mother’s side and showed us some of the raw emotion that many of us were feeling. Currently taking a gap year before starting at Harvard, Malia wasn’t afraid to cry watching her father take the podium one final time to say goodbye.
To his eldest, the president said, “Under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women. You are smart, you are beautiful, but more importantly your are kind, and you are thoughtful, and you are full of passion.”
“Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad.”
But who did he save a special goodbye for?