Last night, President Barack Obama made his farewell address to the nation in the place where it all started for him—Chicago. During the hour-long speech, he discussed his triumphs during his eight-year term, and encouraged Americans to be motivated for the future. Towards the end of his speech, he addressed those who stood behind him the whole time and supported him through everything: Joe and Jill Biden, his daugthers Malia and Sasha, and, of course, Michelle. If you think people were emotional before, it was brought to a whole new level. Even Malia was crying!
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To start his thank you, he pointed to his wife and said, "Michelle." That was enough for the entire crowd to rise and give the First Lady a huge standing ovation. She mouthed to Obama, "I love you." Let sobbing at your desk begin!
"Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the Southside," he began, then got choked up. "For the past 25 years you've been not only my wife and mother of my children, but you've been my best friend. You took on a role you didn't ask for, and you made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor." Obama then paused to wipe a tear away—we feel you, Obama. "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 have made me proud. You have made the country proud."
He also thanked his two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Though Sasha was absent from the event because of schoolwork, we think Malia did enough tearing up for the both of them. "Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances you have become two amazing young women," he said. "You are smart and beautiful, but more importantly, you are kind and you are thoughtful and you are full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad."
After the incredibly emotionally speech, Michelle took to social media to share an image of the family when Obama first took office. "So proud of POTUS and all that we've accomplished together. What an incredible journey filled with remarkable people. I love you Barack. –mo." So many feels for this amazing family.
Watch the whole speech here:
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