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President Obama’s Farewell Speech

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President Obama’s farewell speech left us all with a nostalgic feeling that all good things must come to an end. His presence, grace, and charisma as president have truly represented what it means to be a class act, and the White House will not be the same without his family representing it. As the crowd chanted “Four more years”, the reality sunk in that Obama would, sadly, not be returning. Historically, America has gone through many up-and-downs. According to Obama “…from their patriots power to pick republic over tyranny… the slaves to brave that makeshift railroad to freedom, and women to reach for the ballot”… what has really (Made America Great), is in its “… capacity to change, and make life better for those who follow.” Immigrants included. The moment in the speech that really caught our attention was the way he spoke about his wife, First Lady, and best friend, Michelle Obama. It’s clear that she went above and beyond in exceeding all of our expectations. In his speech, Obama mentioned how Michelle “… took on a role you didn’t ask for and you made it your own with grace and grit and style, and good humour. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You’ve made the country proud.” If we must talk about Obama then we must also talk about the women in his life, his wife and daughters, because as a young lady myself, they have truly represented the importance of being a “strong woman” – physically, intellectual, and emotionally. Observing the speech, one thing was notably evident, and that was the absence of one of his daughters Sasha. Twitter even began trending with the hashtag #whereissasha. Where was she? Studying for an exam, of course. I love that even though her father is the president, she still has the same responsibilities as any other teenager, and has the agency to do what she needs to do. Democracy is not about all of us agreeing, but it is about some sort of solidarity. In the end, “We rise or fall as one.” So, even with what is coming, let us not forget, that we are all one. No one person is better than another, ex-reality star or not. By Rhea Braganza

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