President Obama bid goodbye to America after eight years with a powerful and emotional farewell speech which ended with the echoes of his campaign mantra "Yes we can, yes we did" leaving everyone watching teary-eyed.
In his 51-minute farewell address in his hometown Chicago, where a crowd of 18,000 gathered to bid farewell to the first black US president. He started off by thanking the people for all that they did, Obama said, "it's my turn to say thanks. Whether we've seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people - in living rooms and schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant outposts - are what have kept me honest, kept me inspired, and kept me going. Every day, I learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man."
Here are some key highlights from Obama's farewell speech:
Message for the people
Obama said that he hasn't abandoned the vision of progressive change which brought him into office. Highlighting on the growth of the nation he said, "If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history...if I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran's nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, and take out the mastermind of 9/11...if I had told you that we would win marriage equality, and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens - you might have said our sights were set a little too high."
On Donald Trump
As America is all set to head into four years of a Trump presidency, Obama gave his take on the impending shift. Obama said, "In ten days, the world will witness a hallmark of our democracy." He said that "Going forward, we must uphold laws against discrimination - in hiring, in housing, in education and the criminal justice system... we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are. That's why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans. That's why we cannot withdraw from global fights - to expand democracy, and human rights, women's rights, and LGBT rights - no matter how imperfect our efforts, no matter how expedient ignoring such values may seem. "
President Obama said that "Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted. All of us should give ourselves to the task of rebuilding our democratic institutions. When voting rates are some of the lowest among advanced democracies, we should make it easier, not harder, to vote. When Congress is dysfunctional, we should draw our districts to encourage politicians to cater to common sense and not rigid extremes."
On being the first African-American President
During his address, Obama also spoke at length about how the hope of people rested on his shoulders and how people expected a big change post his election in 2008. He also said that "race remains a potent and often divisive force in our society. I've lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were ten, or twenty, or thirty years ago - you can see it not just in statistics, but in the attitudes of young Americans across the political spectrum."
In an open take down of Trump's speeches and claims so far, Obama urged the people of America to "remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are." Obama criticized Trump and discrimination was not the way to take the country forward to achieve greatness. He said, "why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans. That's why we cannot withdraw from global fights - to expand democracy, and human rights, women's rights, and LGBT rights - no matter how imperfect our efforts, no matter how expedient ignoring such values may seem."
On his Presidency
President Barak Obama described his eight-year tenure as the "most important office". He also said that "you made me a better President, and you made me a better man." Pouring his heart out President Obama said, he was and will be first the "citizen" of America. And even after leaving office he will continue to do his bit for the nation. He said, "I won't stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain."
On "four more years" chants
Obama asked the audience to prepare to change (hinting at Trump taking office shortly) to which crowd began booing, In his usually diplomatic self, he responded by simply saying, "No, no, no, no, no." While fans want him to run again and started chanting "four more years", which is not allowed in the Constitution, Obama simply said, "the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next" is the need of the hour.
Obama said, "For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back." Motivating the audience in his own way Obama said that "the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all and not just some."
On Michelle and his daughters
Trying yet failing miserably to control his emotions, Obama broke down and wiped his tears when started taking about his wife. Obama said, "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. You have made me proud, you have made our country proud. A new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. Malia and Sasha...you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I've done in my life, I'm most proud to be your dad."
His last few words
Parting off on a pleasant note, Obama spoke like a man with a mission. His farewell speech will be remembered for a long time, for being the one that was delivered straight from the heart. He said, "I am asking you to believe in your own ability to bring about change. I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written. Yes, we can. Yes we did. Yes we can."