Significant Quotes from Obama’s Farewell Address
Not to say the rest is not significant if not I re-read and analyzed the speech to highlight what I thought was most inspiring/moving and significant of course.
You can tell I’m a lame duck because nobody is following instructions.
Okay, that one was a joke but cmon that first couple minutes of applause was pretty great.
It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith, and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss.
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.
A great gift that our Founders gave to us: The freedom to chase our individual dreams through sweat and toil and imagination, and the imperative to strive together, as well, to achieve a common good, a greater good.
You were the change. You answered people’s hopes, and because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started.
…Because that, after all, is why we serve. Not to score points to take credit, but to make people’s lives better.
…But we’re not where we need to be. And all of us have more work to do.
…But laws alone wont change. Hearts must change. It wont change overnight.
Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted.
But remember, none of this happens on it’s own. All of this depends on our participation; on each of us accepting the responsibility of citizenship, regardless of which way the pendulum of power happens to be swinging.
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.
We weaken those ties when we define some of us as more American than others; when we write off the whole system as inevitably corrupt, and when we sit back and blame the leaders we elect without examining our own role in electing them.
Because for all our outward difference, we, in fact, all share the same proud title, the most important office in a democracy: Citizen.
If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet,try talking with one of them in real life… If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.
So that faith that I placed all those years ago, not far from here, in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change — that faith has been rewarded in ways I could not have possibly imagined.
And for all of you out there … you are the best supporters and organizers anybody could ever hope for, I will be forever grateful.
Let me tell you, this generation coming up — unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic — I’ve seen you in every corner of the country.
But for now, whether you are young or whether you’re young at heart, I do have one final ask of you as your President — The same thing I asked when you took a chance on me eight years ago. I’m asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.
Yes, we can. Yes, we did. Yes, we can.