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President Obama urges citizens to protect democracy in farewell speech

Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma deliv­ered his farewell speech in Chica­go Tues­day night, express­ing grat­i­tude for all the men and women who serve and have served in the mil­i­tary and urg­ing all Amer­i­cans to pro­tect democ­ra­cy.

Pro­tect­ing our way of life, that’s not just the job of our mil­i­tary,” Oba­ma said. “Democ­ra­cy can buck­le when it gives into fear. So just as we cit­i­zens must remain vig­i­lant against exter­nal aggres­sion, we must guard against a weak­en­ing of the val­ues that make us who we are.”

Oba­ma called on Amer­i­cans to uphold val­ues such as tol­er­ance and to keep fight­ing for the rights of all cit­i­zens, regard­less of race, reli­gion, or sex­u­al ori­en­ta­tion.

So let’s be vig­i­lant, but not afraid,” Oba­ma urged. “ISIL will try to kill inno­cent peo­ple. But they can­not defeat Amer­i­ca unless we betray our Con­sti­tu­tion and our prin­ci­ples in the fight.”

Oba­ma declared it an hon­or to have worked for the Amer­i­can peo­ple these last eight years and promised to do his part in the tran­si­tion over to Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump’s admin­is­tra­tion.

I com­mit­ted to Pres­i­dent-elect Trump that my admin­is­tra­tion would ensure the smoothest pos­si­ble tran­si­tion,” Oba­ma said, “just as Pres­i­dent Bush did for me.”

Oba­ma will hand over the reins to Trump on Jan. 20, when Trump will be inau­gu­rat­ed as the 45th pres­i­dent of the Unit­ed States.
Pres­i­dent Oba­ma urges cit­i­zens to pro­tect democ­ra­cy in farewell speech
Pres­i­dent Oba­ma urges cit­i­zens to pro­tect democ­ra­cy in farewell speech

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