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“You made me a better president and a better man”, Obama's farewell message

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“Before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th,” wrote Obama “Before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th,” wrote Obama

Outgoing President Barack Obama penned an emotional public letter, published Thursday, thanking Americans and encouraging them to participate into “daily acts of citizenship.” Before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th,“ he wrote. ”Because all that I've learned in my time in office, I've learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man.”

 The President recalled tragedies such as the Charleston church massacre and celebrations such as military graduations. He also celebrated gay and lesbian Americans who now have their marriages recognized and ill people who now have access to health care.

Obama went on to challenge voters -- regardless of political affiliation -- to commit themselves to improving the common good.

“I've seen you, the American people, in all your decency, determination, good humor and kindness. And in your daily acts of citizenship, I've seen our future unfolding,” he said. “All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work -- the joyous work of citizenship. Not just when there's an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime.”

Obama has said he will remain engaged in issues he cares about in his post-White House life.

“I'll be right there with you every step of the way,” he wrote. “And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word 'We.' 'We the People.' 'We shall overcome.' ”

“Yes, we can,” he added.

 

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  • Heisenbergcontext

    I think Obama might have been happier as a law professor - perhaps ( who knows? ) a supreme court justice. Too decent and gentle to be a great American political leader.

    Jan 22nd, 2017 - 03:14 pm +6
  • Libra

    Interesting view, for a president who had to work with a congress controlled by the opposition I find the following achievements pretty impressive for an imbellic cretin:
    1) 20 million more people gaining access to health care insurance (halving the number of Americans without it)
    2) 11 million new jobs created since 2007, unemployment rate approx 5%
    3)commitment to reduce pollution and CO2 emissions
    4) reduction in cost of wind and solar power generation
    5) gay equality in the military, marriage and the workplace
    6)Osama bin Laden dealt with
    7) diplomatic relations restored with Cuba
    8) saved the US car industry during the financial crash with resorting to protectionism
    9) nuclear deal with Iran
    10) reduced countries fiscal deficit by 75%

    And that is just ten! Quite impressive for an imbecilic cretin. Maybe we need more of these types of leaders not less.

    As for Donald Trump.......

    Jan 21st, 2017 - 12:55 pm +5
  • Libra

    Interesting view, for a president who had to work with a congress controlled by the opposition I find the following achievements pretty impressive for an imbellic cretin:
    1) 20 million more people gaining access to health care insurance (halving the number of Americans without it)
    2) 11 million new jobs created since 2007, unemployment rate approx 5%
    3)commitment to reduce pollution and CO2 emissions
    4) reduction in cost of wind and solar power generation
    5) gay equality in the military, marriage and the workplace
    6)Osama bin Laden dealt with
    7) diplomatic relations restored with Cuba
    8) saved the US car industry during the financial crash withOUT resorting to protectionism
    9) nuclear deal with Iran
    10) reduced countries fiscal deficit by 75%

    And that is just ten! Quite impressive for an imbecilic cretin. Maybe we need more of these types of leaders not less.

    As for Donald Trump.......

    PS reposted as noticed a typo first time.

    Jan 22nd, 2017 - 04:29 pm +5
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