While Michelle and Malia Obama sat front row at President Barack Obama's farewell speech on Tuesday night in Chicago, one member of the family was mysteriously MIA. Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters shaken by Donald Trump's shock election. "You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody".
Addressing 18-year-old Malia and 15-year-old Sasha, the president said, "You have become two wonderful young women".
"My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you", President Obama said to a packed and enthusiastic convention center.
Brushing away tears with a handkerchief, Obama paid tribute to the sacrifices made by his wife - and by his daughters, who were young girls when they entered the big white home on Pennsylvania Avenue and leave as young women.
"For too many of us, it's become safer to retreat into our own bubbles, whether in our neighborhoods or college campuses or places of worship or our social media feeds", he said.
Obama and Michelle have been together for 25 years and have two daughters- Malia and Sasha. Image Courtesy
"Malia and Sasha", Obama said. In his speech, Obama urged viewers to exhibit optimism about the future of the United States, but also encouraged participation in the political process.
At the time unknown on the national scene, a young senator from IL named Barack Hussein Obama - the son of a Kenyan father and a white American mother - was the breakout star of the 2004 Democratic convention. What the Jeremiah Wright of "God Damn America" lacked in admiration for the country, he made up for in clarity about its nature and its sins. He told PEOPLE the gown came together with the help of four friends who all sewed the flowers onto the dress by hand.
He asked Americans to take a more active role in how the country is run. Not only were the conspiracy theories about the president utter nonsense, Obama turned out to be one lousy Kalashnikov-toting Marxist guerilla. An incredible journey filled with remarkable people. The black and white photograph features the adorable Malia and Sasha twinning in coordinating white outfits while sitting on their proud parents' laps.
"I watched from the plane, on the tarmac, and you could tell within about three minutes, with that crowd there and the organ playing while he was speaking, that, of course, he was going to sing it".
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