Obama delivered his final presidential address to the nation Tuesday evening, speaking from his adopted hometown of Chicago’s lakefront convention center McCormick Place, where he spoke in front of a crowd of thousands.
First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughter Malia Obama, 18, accompanied the president on his sentimental trip to Chicago, along with his younger sister, Auma Obama, and close family friend “Mama Kaye” Wilson, who is godmother to both Malia and her sister, Sasha, 15.
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.
I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:
Yes We Can.
Yes We Did.
Thank you. God bless you. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.