President Barack Obama is set to issue his farewell message to the US citizens and the world at large on Tuesday night. His scheduled departure and thank you message can only be described as a unique one, even before he gives it. The President breaks away from the normal tradition set by his predecessors of bidding the country farewell from the Oval Office or East Room. Instead, he will travel to Chicago where he was declared victorious in the 2008 and 2012 elections.
This is a decision that was conceived some months ago and is meant to remember Obama’s most iconic moments as a historic president. His message of hope and change is one that spoke well with the hearts of many, leading to his election as the first black president of the United States.
But as one of the most famous presidents leaves office, there is an apparent change already. For his backers, the message of hope is one that will keep them united as they wait to see what the future holds, CNN News reports.
His farewell message is expected to revive the spirits of progressives who he’d hoped to rally behind Hillary Clinton. As much as his message will not be directed towards any given policies or contradict the President-elect, administration officials report that he will major on “hopeful” future.
The officials said that Barack Obama will aim at casting a “forward-looking” vision for America and that he will not target his successor in any way. He plans to declare that the nation is much placed if there is diversity and fairness.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that “The President is primarily delivering a message to the American people, all Americans, whether they voted for President Obama or not.”He takes it as his obligation to share the lessons he has learned in his eight years of leadership and also advise Americans on how to deal with conceivable future challenges.
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Obama’s speech is the capstone of a months-long farewell tour, well depicted in countless magazine interviews, White House’s struggles get a full documentation of the President’s administration and long TV sit-downs.
All in all, Obama has focused on driving the point home that his administration was a success. He has used statistics to explain that the country is far much better than he took over eight years ago. Well, the numbers do not lie.
Similarly, the First Lady Michelle Obama has vividly set the bars high for any future first lady. In a lengthy interview with Oprah Winfrey, she was frank in explaining that the Democrats feel hopeless with the departure of president Obama.
In her final remarks at the White House Friday, she got emotional as her eyes welled with tears and voice became quaky. With a mixture of emotions, she said “I hope I made you proud.”
The first lady’s subdued but deeply felt departure stands in sharp contrast to the President’s own farewell speech Tuesday, reports CNN News. It is estimated that 20,000 people will view the farewell message.
The aides explain that it is now months since Obama began getting his message ready. He has formulated broad themes and even while in Hawaii, he did not entirely forget about preparing for this day.