President Obama’s Farewell Address

Weekly Address: President Obama’s Farewell Address to the Nation

Remarks of President Barack Obama as Delivered
Weekly Address
The White House

December 31, 2016

Happy New Year, everybody. At a time when we turn the page on one year and look ahead to the future, I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for everything you’ve done to make America stronger these past eight years.

Just eight years ago, as I prepared to take office, our economy teetered on the brink of depression. Nearly 800,000 Americans were losing their jobs each month. In some communities, nearly one in five folks were out of work. Almost 180,000 troops were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Osama bin Laden was still at large. And on challenges from health care to climate change, we’d been kicking the can down the road for way too long.

Eight years later, you’ve told a different story. We’ve turned recession into recovery. Our businesses have created 15.6 million new jobs since early 2010 – and we’ve put more people back to work than all other major advanced economies combined. A resurgent auto industry has added nearly 700,000 jobs, and is producing more cars than ever. Poverty is falling. Incomes are rising. In fact, last year, folks’ typical household income rose by $2,800, that’s the single biggest increase on record, and folks at the bottom and middle saw bigger gains than those at the top.

Twenty million more Americans know the financial security of health insurance. Our kids’ high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. We’ve brought 165,000 troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and took out Osama bin Laden. Through diplomacy, we shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program, opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, and brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet for our kids. Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago. And marriage equality is finally a reality from coast to coast.

We’ve made extraordinary progress as a country these past eight years. And here’s the thing: none of it was inevitable. It was the result of tough choices we made, and the result of your hard work and resilience. And to keep America moving forward is a task that falls to all of us. Sustaining and building on all we’ve achieved – from helping more young people afford a higher education, to ending discrimination based on preexisting conditions, to tightening rules on Wall Street, to protecting this planet for our kids – that’s going to take all of us working together. Because that’s always been our story – the story of ordinary people coming together in the hard, slow, sometimes frustrating, but always vital work of self-government.

It’s been the privilege of my life to serve as your President. And as I prepare to take on the even more important role of citizen, know that I will be there with you every step of the way to ensure that this country forever strives to live up to the incredible promise of our founding – that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve every chance to live out our dreams. And from the Obama family to yours – have a happy and blessed 2017.

For more on President Obama’s Farewell Addresshttps://medium.com/the-white-house/my-farewell-address-25e732d1539b#.jvz4roabw

A member of the audience holds a "Thank You" sign during President Barack Obama's speech on medicare fraud and health care insurance reform, at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo., March 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
A member of the audience holds a “Thank You” sign during President Barack Obama’s speech on medicare fraud and health care insurance reform, at St. Charles High School in St. Charles, Mo., March 10, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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16 thoughts on “President Obama’s Farewell Address

  1. WH

    Monday, January 9, 2017

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  2. Weekly Address: President Obama’s Farewell Address to the Nation

    Remarks of President Barack Obama as Delivered
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    December 31, 2016

    Happy New Year, everybody. At a time when we turn the page on one year and look ahead to the future, I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for everything you’ve done to make America stronger these past eight years.

    Just eight years ago, as I prepared to take office, our economy teetered on the brink of depression. Nearly 800,000 Americans were losing their jobs each month. In some communities, nearly one in five folks were out of work. Almost 180,000 troops were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Osama bin Laden was still at large. And on challenges from health care to climate change, we’d been kicking the can down the road for way too long.

    Eight years later, you’ve told a different story. We’ve turned recession into recovery. Our businesses have created 15.6 million new jobs since early 2010 – and we’ve put more people back to work than all other major advanced economies combined. A resurgent auto industry has added nearly 700,000 jobs, and is producing more cars than ever. Poverty is falling. Incomes are rising. In fact, last year, folks’ typical household income rose by $2,800, that’s the single biggest increase on record, and folks at the bottom and middle saw bigger gains than those at the top.

    Twenty million more Americans know the financial security of health insurance. Our kids’ high school graduation rate is at an all-time high. We’ve brought 165,000 troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and took out Osama bin Laden. Through diplomacy, we shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program, opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba, and brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement that could save this planet for our kids. Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago. And marriage equality is finally a reality from coast to coast.

    We’ve made extraordinary progress as a country these past eight years. And here’s the thing: none of it was inevitable. It was the result of tough choices we made, and the result of your hard work and resilience. And to keep America moving forward is a task that falls to all of us. Sustaining and building on all we’ve achieved – from helping more young people afford a higher education, to ending discrimination based on preexisting conditions, to tightening rules on Wall Street, to protecting this planet for our kids – that’s going to take all of us working together. Because that’s always been our story – the story of ordinary people coming together in the hard, slow, sometimes frustrating, but always vital work of self-government.

    It’s been the privilege of my life to serve as your President. And as I prepare to take on the even more important role of citizen, know that I will be there with you every step of the way to ensure that this country forever strives to live up to the incredible promise of our founding – that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve every chance to live out our dreams. And from the Obama family to yours – have a happy and blessed 2017.

    For more on President Obama’s Farewell Addresshttps://medium.com/the-white-house/my-farewell-address-25e732d1539b#.jvz4roabw

    • January 10, 2017

      Remarks by the President in Farewell Address

      McCormick Place
      Chicago, Illinois

      8:02 P.M. CST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Chicago! (Applause.) It’s good to be home! (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. (Applause.) All right, everybody sit down. (Applause.) We’re on live TV here. I’ve got to move. (Applause.) You can tell that I’m a lame duck because nobody is following instructions. (Laughter.) Everybody have a seat. (Applause.)

      My fellow Americans — (applause) — Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well wishes that we’ve received over the past few weeks. But tonight, it’s my turn to say thanks. (Applause.) Whether we have seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people, in living rooms and in schools, at farms, on factory floors, at diners and on distant military outposts -– those conversations are what have kept me honest, and kept me inspired, and kept me going. And every day, I have learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man. (Applause.)

      So I first came to Chicago when I was in my early 20s. And I was still trying to figure out who I was, still searching for a purpose in my life. And it was a neighborhood not far from here where I began working with church groups in the shadows of closed steel mills. It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith, and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss.

      AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

      THE PRESIDENT: I can’t do that.

      AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years!

      THE PRESIDENT: This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it.

      After eight years as your President, I still believe that. And it’s not just my belief. It’s the beating heart of our American idea –- our bold experiment in self-government. It’s the conviction that we are all created equal, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s the insistence that these rights, while self-evident, have never been self-executing; that We, the People, through the instrument of our democracy, can form a more perfect union.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/10/remarks-president-farewell-address

    • Obama insists he’s still ‘optimistic’ but takes aim at Trump with pro-immigration speech – urging Americans to politicize and fight racism, as he, Malia and Joe ALL cry – but Michelle keeps her cool

      PUBLISHED: 11:55 EST, 10 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:05 EST, 11 January 2017 By Francesca Chambers, White House Correspondent For Dailymail.com In Chicago, Illinois and Jessica Chia For Dailymail.com

      President Barack Obama rode into the White House on a message of ‘hope and change,’ but he told his supporters tonight, as he delivered his final address in office, ‘you were the change’ and encouraged them to continue standing up for their values after his departure.

      ‘Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can,’ Obama said, a reference to his 2008 slogan and a nod to the future progress he expects backers of his brand of politics to make.

      He never mentioned his successor by name on Tuesday evening but made multiple references to President-elect Donald Trump, declaring to loud clapping and cheers ‘that science and reason matter’ and he rejects ‘discrimination against Muslim Americans.’

      The soon-to-be former president also decried the ‘selective sorting of facts’ he said members of the Republican party have embraced.

      In the 50-minute speech Obama took on the touchy topic of race, saying that talk of a ‘post-racial America’ after he was elected ‘was never realistic.’

      He condemned the framing of economic disagreements as a battle between ‘hardworking white middle class and an undeserving minority’ and called immigrant children ‘brown kids’ in a line that that was intended to be a jab at Republicans and drew thunderous applause.

      ‘Regardless of the station that we occupy, we all have to try harder. We all have to start with the premise that each of our fellow citizens loves this country just as much as we do; that they value hard work and family just like we do; that their children are just as curious and hopeful and worthy of love as our own,’ Obama said.

      The president was accompanied on his trip by First Lady Michelle Obama and their elder daughter, Malia. The White House said younger daughter Sasha, 15, did not attend because she has a test in the morning.

      OBAMA ON WIFE MICHELLE

      ‘Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side, for the past 25 years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and you made it your own, with grace and with grit and with style and good humor.

      ‘You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And the new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. So you have made me proud. And you have made the country proud.’

      He added: ‘Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side, for the past 25 years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and you made it your own, with grace and with grit and with style and good humor.

      ‘You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And the new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. So you have made me proud. And you have made the country proud,’ the president said, pausing multiple times to wait for cheering to die down.

      Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4105722/Last-lecture-Obama-deliver-farewell-address-tonight-Chicago-final-flight-Air-Force-One-nemesis-Donald-Trump-takes-power.html

  3. Kerry apologizes for past LGBT discrimination at State Department

    1/09/17 12:39 PM EST By NAHAL TOOSI – politico

    Secretary of State John Kerry is formally apologizing to gay, lesbian and other employees of the State Department who faced past discrimination because of their sexual orientation.

    The apparently unprecedented apology, issued in a statement Monday, is the latest step that the Obama administration has taken to promote inclusion of the LGBT community in its ranks. It comes less than two weeks before the administration leaves office, making the way for President-elect Donald Trump’s team.

    “In the past — as far back as the 1940s, but continuing for decades — the Department of State was among many public and private employers that discriminated against employees and job applicants on the basis of perceived sexual orientation, forcing some employees to resign or refusing to hire certain applicants in the first place,” Kerry said in his statement. “These actions were wrong then, just as they would be wrong today,”

    He added: “On behalf of the department, I apologize to those who were impacted by the practices of the past.”

    President Barack Obama has made increasing the diversity of the federal workforce a priority during the past eight years, even making the case that it’s important for U.S. national security. Many of the pro-LGBT policies pursued by the Obama administration have centered on the State Department.

    For more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/john-kerry-lgbt-apology-233355

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    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks on the Cancer Moonshot at The The 35th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference
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  5. WH

    Monday, January 10, 2017

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:15 AM
    Vice President Biden delivers remarks at event for Motor City Match
    Motor City Match, Detroit, Michigan

    12:00 PM
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    3:35 PM
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart the White House
    South Lawn

    4:00 PM
    4:30 PM
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart Joint Base Andrews

    5:00 PM
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    6:25 PM
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive Chicago, IL
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL

    7:00 PM
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    9:00 PM
    President Obama delivers Farewell Address
    McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

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    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama depart Chicago, IL
    Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL

  6. WH

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    1:05 AM
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive Joint Base Andrews

    1:20 AM
    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive the White House
    South Lawn

    2:00 AM
    4:00 AM
    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    7:00 AM

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press
    The White House

    1:00 PM
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    5:00 PM
    Vice President Biden Speaks on Nuclear Security at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Washington, DC

    6:00 PM
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  7. January 12, 2017

    Remarks by the Vice President on Nuclear Security

    Washington, DC

    Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    As Prepared:

    In the summer heat of 1979, amid the deep freeze of the Cold War—
    I walked into the Kremlin with five of my Senate colleagues.

    We were there to discuss the strategic arms control agreement known as SALT II—and to gauge whether or not the Soviets were likely to abide by modifications that the Senate had adopted.

    I was 36-years old, in my seventh year as a United States Senator.
    Across the table sat Alexei Kosygin—the grizzled Soviet Premier—a veteran of World War II and a hard-liner.

    There was no love between us.
    We did not trust each other.
    But neither of our nations wanted to be responsible for unleashing a nuclear apocalypse.

    Kosygin did most of the talking that day, and one of the first things he said to me was this reminder:
    “You are the only nation in the history of mankind that has ever used nuclear weapons. I am not second-guessing that, but you used them.
    So you have to understand why we think you might use them again.”

    I came out of that meeting with the assurances I needed, and a lesson that has served me throughout my career—the assumption of good intentions rarely extends to international diplomacy.

    The Soviets wanted a deal with us not because they trusted us,
    but because they didn’t.

    It is precisely because we do not trust our adversaries that treaties to constrain the human capacity for destruction are indispensable to the security of the United States of America.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/12/remarks-vice-president-nuclear-security-0

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