Obama Defends His Legacy, Democracy In Farewell Speech In Chicago


U.S. President Barack Obama returned to his adopted hometown of Chicago on Tuesday to defend his legacy.

Obama urged Americans to protect democracy from challenges both at home and abroad, in his final public speech before he leaves office.

“Yes we can; yes we did,’’ he said, echoing the slogan of his 2008 presidential campaign, as he was joined on stage at McCormick Place by first lady Michelle Obama and elder daughter, Malia.

He echoed the slogan after delivering his final presidential address from the city where he launched his political career.

Obama drew a standing ovation even before his remarks had begun from a crowd of 18,000 Chicagoans, supporters, cabinet secretaries and White House staff.

The moment was bittersweet, as Obama reflected on eight years in office, pointing to economic accomplishments along with the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

He is also reflecting on the opening of diplomatic ties with Cuba and an international nuclear deal with Iran as…

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