President Obama has just released the final end of year message of his tenure, saying to the American public viewing his recorded message that he “just wants to take a minute to thank you for everything you’ve done to make America stronger these past eight years.”
In his message, he takes a view of not only the past year but also of the past eight years, going over how the country has improved for the better while he has been occupying the White House.
He began, laying out the things facing America when he first took office eight years ago, saying:
‘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.’
He went on to present an array of the ways that the past eight years — including the just concluded 2016 — can be viewed remarkably well.
He said, continuing on his dismal picture of what America was like when he took office, that “eight years later, you’ve told a different story,” before launching into a long list of what exactly that “different story” is.
As Obama said:
- Last year, folks’ typical household income rose by $2,800 — that’s the single biggest increase on record
- Folks at the bottom and middle saw a bigger increase than those at the top
- 20 million more Americans have the financial security of health insurance
- Our kids’ high school graduation rate is at an all time high
- We’ve brought home 165,000 troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and took out Osama Bin Laden
- Through diplomacy, we shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
- We opened up a new chapter with the people of Cuba
- We brought nearly 200 nations together around a climate agreement to save this planet for our kids
- Marriage equality is finally realized
And his list went on.
Obama’s presidency is even brighter than can be gleaned solely from his list when comparing it to the prospects of what America is going to turn into under President Donald Trump. For eight years, Obama has worked to manifest a vision for the United States that incorporates all Americans — while Trump has built his entire political career on isolating everyone who isn’t white.
Obama concluded, saying:
‘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.’
Watch Obama’s message below.
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