Goodbye Presidency! Obama opposes discrimination against Muslim Americans
As he ascended the stage in Chicago, the crowds roared 'four more years, four more years' and the man who finally avenged 9/11, made gay marriage legal and ensured healthcare for all Americans, today failed to quiet the crowd.The beloved leader of US jokingly stated "You can tell I'm a lame duck, because no one is
Washington: One of the most successful President in the World's history Barack Obama addressed the people of United States in his farewell speech on Tuesday, cautioning against everything that the newly elected President Donald Trump had publicly supported.
Obama, who tried to quiet the very emotional gathering who had come to see off their leader, warned the nation against anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, anti-women, anti-gay, pro-Russian and pro-rich sentiments.
"The US democracy is what it is because of its inclusiveness and its promise of equality of economic opportunity for all, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual identity," the former US President said.
"Going forward, we must uphold laws against discrimination - in hiring, in housing, in education and the criminal justice system... we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are. That's why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans. That's why we cannot withdraw from global fights - to expand democracy, and human rights, women's rights, and LGBT rights - no matter how imperfect our efforts, no matter how expedient ignoring such values may seem," Obama said.
Stating that equality that the US constitution has granted has yet to be fully realised,Obama stated "We are not where we need to be. All of us have more work to do. After all, if every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hardworking white middle class and undeserving minorities, then workers of all shades will be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves. If we decline to invest in the children of immigrants, just because they don't look like us, we diminish the prospects of our own children - because those brown kids will represent a larger share of America's workforce."
What else he spoke:
- Let's be vigilant, but not afraid.
- ISIL will try to kill innocent people BUT they cannot defeat America unless we betray our Constitution and our principles in the fight.
- Rivals like Russia or China cannot match our influence around the world - unless we give up what we stand for, and turn ourselves into just another big country that bullies smaller neighbors.
- Last election promise of Trump's has watered down some, since he was elected November 8.
- If you're tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life.
In slide ahead: Emotional Farewell to Obama...
Overflow of emotions at Obama's Farewell:
As he ascended the stage in Chicago, the crowds roared 'four more years, four more years' and the man who finally avenged 9/11, made gay marriage legal and ensured healthcare for all Americans, today failed to quiet the crowd.
The beloved leader of US jokingly stated "You can tell I'm a lame duck, because no one is following my instructions."
Through most of his speech, Obama was calm and collected but as he thanked his wife Michelle, his two daughters and vice president Joe Biden, he teared up.
"America voted Trump to power , and American democracy must go on. But not without the strictest vigilance to ensure equal rights for all," Obama urged the people of United States.
In next slide: Obama Signed, Sealed and Delivered...
Obama Signed, Sealed and Delivered:
Eight years ago, as Obama ascended the stage following a phenomenal showing in the hustings, his campaign song, Stevie Wonder's 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered' was played.
On Tuesday as he ended his US Presidency by knocking back to his 2008 campaign slogan - albeit with a twist.
The teary-eyed most beloved leader of United States bid goodbye to his presidency with the words , "Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can."