A Farewell Marks a New Chapter for America


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I can still vaguely remember sitting at school and watching President Obama’s 2008 Inauguration. My 8 year-old self definitely didn’t have a good grasp on the idea of having a new president and all that that entailed. All I knew was that some people were hopeful about this new president who promised change, and some were not. It is hard to believe that I am sitting here almost exactly 8 years later, approaching adulthood and seeing the same president say farewell to the nation.


President Obama gave a tear-filled goodbye speech to millions of Americans on Tuesday night in Chicago. The speech projected hope and achievement by touting the successes of the last 8 years. He tried to ignite inspiration and hope for the future of America by encouraging future American generations. Obama also addressed concerns that he has for Americans. He acknowledged Donald Trump’s cooperation in the transition process. However,  he doesn’t want Americans to embrace all of his ideas and stated, “Democracy can buckle when it gives into fear…”  The President also encouraged displeased Americans to run for office and create their own change. He concluded the speech with “Yes we can, yes we did, yes we can.” Tears filled the eyes of many in the audience including Vice President Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama.


All in all, the speech inspired the American people to follow their core values and beliefs. Whether you are saddened or relieved by this new chapter in American history, we all need to join together for the good of our country. American citizens have the responsibility to respect the outcome of the 2016 election and respond with hope, not hate.