Barack Obama’s farewell speech: Russia, China cannot match our influence around the world, says US President

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New Delhi | Updated: January 11, 2017 10:28:29 AM

President Barack Obama will give a farewell speech to US

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President Barack Obama’s farewell speech: Live Blog and Updates-
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort and encourage a country on edge over economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump. The Democratic president was feeling some nostalgia as he prepares to leave the White House on January 20 after eight years in office. His top policy achievements were jolted by the November 8 election of Trump, who has threatened to undo Obama’s actions on issues ranging from advancing healthcare reform to curbing climate change. In a speech at McCormick Place, the city’s main convention center, Obama talked about an array of issues.

8:45: Barack Obama has ended his emotional farewell speech.

8:40 AM:’I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my remaining days,’ said Obama.

8:36 AM: I committed to Trump that my administration would ensure a smooth transition, said Obama.

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8:33 AM: “US Constitution is just parchment without we the people,” Obama said.

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8:28 AM: “Yes We Can. Yes We Did. Yes We Can. Thank you,” Obama said.

8:25 AM: The future is in good hands, said Barack Obama.

8:24 AM: “My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you,” Obama said.

8:23 AM: “To…every American who lived & breathed the hard work of change—you are the best supporters and organizers anyone could hope for. You know that constant change has been America’s hallmark, something not to fear but to embrace,” said Obama.

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8:20 AM: “Malia and Sasha…you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad,” said Obama.

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8:17 AM: “Michelle…for the past twenty-five years, you have been not only my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend,” said Obama.

8:16 AM: “All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into the task of rebuilding our democratic institutions. Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted,” Obama said.

8:14 AM: I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans, said Obama.

8:13 AM: “To deny climate change betrays essential spirit of innovation that guided Founders,” said Obama.

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8:08 AM: Obama said ‘without some common baseline of facts,’ groups will keep talking past one another.

8:07 AM: President Barack Obama is acknowledging that “stark inequality” is corrosive to the nation’s democratic principles, a nod to the economic uncertainty that helped Republican Donald Trump win the White House last November.

8:05 AM: Russia and China can not match our influence in the world, said Obama.

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8:02 AM: Barack Obama said, ‘post-racial America’ wasn’t realistic. He said more work to do.

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8:00 AM: US must invest in children of immigrants because those brown kids represent growing share of the workforce, said Obama.

7:55 AM: ‘Our diversity is our strength. Stop diversity. Each citizen loves nation,’ says Obama.

7:52 AM: ‘We are not where we need to be, and all of us have more work to do,’ says Obama.

7:50 AM: “It takes generation to change social attitude,” says Obama.

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7:45 AM: “America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started,” Obama said.

7:43 AM: Challenges like terrorism tested our democracy, security, says Obama.

7:41 AM: “Tonight is my turn to say thanks,” says Barack Obama.

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7:37 AM: “The president is not one to be overly sentimental, but given the circumstances, I think it would be unrealistic to expect anybody to not feel some nostalgia for this moment,” his spokesman, Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with Obama.

7:34 AM: First lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, his wife, Jill Biden, and many current and former White House staff members and campaign workers have attended the speech.

7:30 AM: “I first came to Chicago when I was in my early twenties, still trying to figure out who I was; still searching for a purpose to my life,” Obama was set to say, according to excerpts released by the White House.

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