“…The greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves” – Luke 22:26
“His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others” – Whitehouse.gov
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Today, Americans say a tearful “Farewell” to the first African American President, Barack H. Obama and the First Family as they leave the Whitehouse. He was elected as the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008; he was sworn in to his historic presidency on January 20, 2009. He was re-elected in 2012 and served a second term. President Obama and his family served our country with grace, dignity and honor; embodying the hopes and dreams of a generation. We thank you, Mr. President, First Lady Michelle, Malia and Sasha, for your wonderful eight years of service to the American people: you’ve made us proud.
Below is the President’s final thank-you letter to America, sent to the White House email list on the morning of January 19, 2017:
“Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power…This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it.”
“I think we’re going to see people of merit rise up from every race, faith, corner of this country, because that’s America’s strength,” Obama said. “Sometimes I get mad and frustrated like everybody else does, but at my core, I think we’re going to be OK,” he said. “We just have to fight for it; we have to work for it and not take it for granted.”
“I’m asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.”
– Quotes, farewell address of President Barack H. Obama, 1-10-2017. Click video below to see entire address.
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