During his lengthy and emotional farewell speech, President Barak Obama gave thanks to his partner, Michelle Obama, and no YOU’RE crying.
During a speech which touched on the last eight years of his presidential run, President Obama addressed an exuberant crowd in his hometown of Chicago for nearly an hour. Touching on the forthcoming political uncertainty, Obama also spoke about racial tensions and defended minority groups, saying to the crowd, “Every day I learned from you. You made me a better president and you made me a better man.”
However, things got seriously emotional (and even tearful) when Obama turned his thanks to his family.
“Michelle LaVaughn Robinson of the South Side,” he said to rapturous applause and cheering, “for the past 25 years you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been 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,” he said. “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.”
President Obama’s words didn’t only bring himself to tears. The Obama’s 18-year-old daughter, Malia Obama, was also seen crying during the address. Indeed, Obama even thanked her and her sister, 15-year-old Sasha, for their support over the last eight years.
“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,” he said. “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.”
“An incredible journey filled with remarkable people,” she wrote. “I love you Barack.”
Seriously, we’re going to miss seeing the love that these two share SO much, and hope that they’ll have all the happiness in the world going forward.