The end of an era was ushered out yesterday as President Obama delivered his final farewell address to the nation. Whatever your politics, I think most will agree, it was an honor to be represented by a first family who stood for class and grace. During the speech, I was touched by his emotional nod to Michelle and his daughters. Now is the time for change, which is always difficult, we will now move on to a new first family and hope for the same grace and class act – that quite frankly, is a tough act to follow. But I have hope that while I don’t necessarily agree with his politics, President Elect Trump will lead with strength and compassion. The world is watching as make this difficult transition. I know many whom I’ve spoken with since the farewell address aired, were moved to the point of tears yesterday. While I get the emotion that surrounds the ending, I choose to live in the gratitude that for the last eight years we had a president who stood for hope, diversity, family and respect.
As per The Wrap, Obama closed with hope as he always does:
My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my days that remain.
Encouraging, hopeful and classy – Mr. President, you will be missed. Thank you.