The President of the United States of America had to fight back a few tears while he was thanking his wife, Michelle Obama, as he closed his farewell address to the nation in Chicago on Tuesday night.
The President had high praise for the FLOTUS and the way she rose to the position of first lady during her time supporting her husband as Commander-in-chief.
‘Michelle Lavaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side, for the past 25 years, you have not only been my wife, the mother of my children, you have been my best friend. You took on a job 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 a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You have made me proud, and you have made the country proud.’
Obama had to wipe away tears from his eyes as he spoke about his wife. His eldest daughter Malia, seated next to her mother, was also spotted getting a bit misty-eyed.
Although Obama’s address put emphasis on potentially dangerous situations the country could soon find itself in, he remained the optimist that we’ve all grown to know him as. He told his supporters that the country can still move forward in the task of cultivating liberty for its citizens and others around the world.
The President’s address also included some kind words of solidarity and praise for VP Biden.
‘To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton, who became Delaware’s favorite son. You were the first decision I made as a nominee, and it was the best. Not just because you have been a great vice president, but because in the bargain I gained a brother. And we love you and Jill like family. And your friendship has been one of the great joys of our lives’
Immediately following his speech, Michelle tweeted a photo of the President in his younger days, along with some apropos words to close out the administration.
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) January 11, 2017
You can watch the full video of the speech below, and read the New York Times“>full text here, courtesy of the New York Times.
Featured image screengrab via NYTimes.com.