January 10th, 2017 Barack Obama gave his farewell address in Chicago,IL.
January 30, 2017
Many people lined up in the early hours to get tickets to see Barack Obama speak for the last time on a cold winter night. The anticipation to get into the McCormick Place was high and people would do anything to just be able to see Obama one last time. Obama is leaving the White House and welcoming Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States.
On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American to hold office for eight years. While some people may argue whether or not Obama was a good president, he did manage to achieve many things during his eight years in office.. The Affordable Care Act (or, as many call it, Obama Care) was passed on March 23, 2010. The Affordable Care Act provided affordable health insurance to people without insurance, improved the quality of health care, and also reduced health care spending.. Obama also received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for his efforts because he helped strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between people. It was a pretty remarkable four years, and on November 6, 2012, Obama was elected for a second term. Unfortunately the day has come where Obama has to leave office which is why he made his farewell address on January 10, 2017 in his hometown Chicago,IL.
Many people at Round Lake High School had different reactions towards Obama’s farewell address, including Senior Yareli Borjas: “Barack Obama somehow managed to keep this country together and to see that he also brought people together, no matter their race made it even better,” she said. “His speech was very powerful and it had a lot of meaning, especially since it was his farewell address. Borjas said. “It’s sad to see a good man leave the White House.” Borjas was only around eight years old when Obama was elected as president, and does not really remember much during his first term. Certainly, Obama did many things that Borjas and her fellow students won’t remember, but as years passed, it became evident that it was only the beginning of Obama’s long journey as the president of the United States.
To Senior Doriana Rivera, Obama was more than just a great president. Rivera described Obama as an intelligent man and a strong leader. “I believe he’s one of the best presidents the US has had, not only for his intelligence but also for his ability to deliver a world class speech and reach out to people’s hearts,” Rivera said.. “As I saw him and heard him speak it actually hit me that he was not going to be our president anymore. I’m not going to lie, I actually teared up a little bit. All of the emotions he put into his words touched my heart and made me hopeful for what’s coming ahead.” Rivera being a strong supporter towards Obama was feeling many emotions, knowing that he only had a few weeks left in office meant that soon enough the US would welcome a new president.
Social media was filled with posts and Tweets about Obama’s last days in office—especially his highly-anticipated farewell address. Many news pages featured different articles about his speech, and many focused on how inspirational Obama was during his farewell because of how much hope he given to the American people and how proud he was to have been able to be our president of the United States. During his farewell address, Obama mentioned that he once was a normal man who came to Chicago so he could help find himself and find a purpose for his life. He mentioned how he saw the struggle between people and faith, how one should be the first to make a change and to engage and come together to help. Obama encouraged us to not stop having faith and to make a change that everyone wants to see happen in the US. His last few words at his farewell address were;
“My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain. For now, whether you’re young or young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your president―the same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago. I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change—but in yours.”
Barack Obama’s journey as the president of the United States came to an end after 8 years in office on January 20th, 2017.