On Tuesday night Barack Obama delivered his formal farewell to the nation he has led for the past eight years. In a moving address, the 44th president reminisced on the country’s virtues and accomplishments and offered optimism and advice for the future. He thanked his wife, Michelle Obama, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, for their steadfast devotion and unwavering grace. “You have made me proud, and you have made the country proud,” he told her, stopping to wipe away a tear.
“Whether we have seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people—in living rooms and in schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant military outposts—those conversations are what have kept me honest, and kept me inspired, and kept me going,” he told the crowd. “And every day, I have learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man.”
At points he seemed overcome with emotion, as some audience members wept openly, his daughter Malia included. And when it was over, he promised to continue to serve as a citizen.
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