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The President of the United States has handed over the baton of change that brought him to the White House, to all citizens to those who has asked that they should be ‘guardians’ of the democracy in an emotive and optimistic farewell speech that he has ended with his slogan “Yes, we can”.


“I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours,” Obama has said in his final speech to the American people, delivered at convention centre of McCormick Place in Chicago 10 days before handing over power to his successor Republican Donald Trump.

You were the change. The answer to people’s hopes and, because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started,” he has emphasized.

Despite drawing an encouraging picture, Obama has warned about threats to democracy, among them that it “won’t work without a sense that everyone has economic opportunity.”

Also, he has admitted that in despite of the historic character of his election – as the first Afro-American president in United States, racism lives on in the country.

So “we have to do more, beginning from the premise that everyone of our fellow citizens love this country so as we do”, Obama has asked.

The final part of the speech has been the most emotional, with Obama’s thanks to the Democratic sympathizers who have mobilized since his first campaign, his staff and advisers, and especially his family.

In tears, he has said of his wife, Michelle, that he is his “best friend”, who assumed a role as first lady “had not asked” with “grace, style and good humor”, and has made the White House “a place that belongs to all”.

He has also spoken proudly of his two daughters, Malia y Sasha, and Sasha, and his vice president, Joseph Biden, in whom he has gained “a brother.”

From Chicago, Miriam Burgués to EFE Agency.

January 11, 2017, EFE/Practica Español

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