President Barack Obama is in the waning days of his presidency, and he has grown reflective about how “We made America better.” Throughout his eight years, the president never gave up on the nation “working together” and “moving forward.” He gave us a preview of his farewell address in his final weekly address Saturday.
Since he took office, President Obama saved the country from slipping into another Great Depression. He brought 20 million people health insurance and returned 165,000 troops from the quagmires in Iraq and Afghanistan. The president took out enemy No. 1, Osama bin Laden, and brought 200 countries into a climate agreement to save the planet.
Not bad. His weekly address previews the president’s farewell address next Tuesday:
‘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.’
When the president came to office, the country was hemorrhaging almost a million jobs a month:
‘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.’
Since 2010, business has created 15.6 new jobs; nearly 700,000 of those jobs were in the auto manufacturing industry, which had been on the verge of dying. Every family income increased by $2,800!
But as always, President Obama shared the praise:
‘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.’
The president held himself to a high commitment, moving young people ahead through higher education and saving earth. He tightened Wall Street rules and eliminated the pre-existing condition insurance exclusion.
President Obama ended on a high note, ever classy:
‘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 hear the entire address, click here:
Featured Image: Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla.
H/T: White House.