Watch Obama’s moving farewell address: “We are all in this together”
Continuing a tradition that extends back 220 years, President Barack Obama delivered his farewell address on Tuesday night, telling the country that” change simply happens when ordinary people get involved, and they get involved and they come together to require it .”
Early in the speech, when the crowd began chanting” Four more years ,” the outgoing chairperson merely replied,” I can’t do that .”
Obama encouraged his listeners to be” anxious, jealous protectors of our republic ,” arguing that they must” espouse the joyous duty we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great commonwealth of ours .”
Despite progressive criticism of a Republican-led Congress that seemed bent on obstructing his agenda, Obama was contended that” democracy does not involve uniformity. Our founders quarreled and compromised, and expected us to do the same. But they knew that republic does require a basic appreciation of solidarity — the notion that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one .”
The president also made a prediction that, in its own indirect lane, cast doubt on whether Trump’s election victory will be able to withstand the diverse America that is rebelling against it.
” Let me tell you, this generation coming up — unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic — I’ve seen you in every corner of the country ,” Obama said.” You believe in a bazaar, and simply, and all-inclusive America; you know that constant change has been America’s hallmark, that it’s not something to fear but something to embrace, “youre trying to” carry this hard work of republic forward. You’ll soon outnumber any of us, and I belief as a result the future is in good hands .”
Obama’s farewell address invites comparison to the first farewell address, which was delivered by George Washington in 1796. In it, he warned about the danger of forming registered political party, which he argued “wouldve been”” likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent locomotives, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the person or persons and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominance .”