Farewell by Barack Obama

Il video e il testo completo del discorso di fine presidenza di Barack Obama.

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 remaining days. 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 am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.

I am asking you to hold fast to that faith written into our founding documents; that idea whispered by slaves and abolitionists; that spirit sung by immigrants and homesteaders and those who marched for justice; that creed reaffirmed by those who planted flags from foreign battlefields to the surface of the moon; a creed at the core of every American whose story is not yet written:

Yes, we can.

Yes, we did.

Yes, we can.

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State of the Union 2015

The White House released the text of the address publicly in advance of the speech for the first time — commenting that it is “continuing efforts to reach a wide online audience and give people a range of ways to consume the speech.” The White House says it is changing its policy because in past years, the press and “all their friends” have had access to the speech, while the public “remains in the dark.”

Good Readings:

Full speech text

State of the Union Fact Check

What he said, what he meant (Politico)

Obama Speech

Non poteva mancare il discorso di Obama. Non è riuscito a ispirare come 4 anni fa e sono inutili i paragoni con quello di Clinton. La partita comincia ora.