CHICAGO: At the emotional close of a farewell address here on Tuesday, President of the United States, Barack Obama paid a tearful tribute to his wife Michelle Obama and teenage daughters Sasha Obama and Malia Ann Obama.
“Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the south side, for the past 25 years, you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend,” Obama said while looking at the first lady.
“You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor,” he told his wife.
“A new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You’ve made me proud. You´ve made the country proud.”
Obama met Michelle in Chicago and it was where the Obama daughters were born. Obama also put it in a Facebook post ahead of the speech, “for Michelle and me, Chicago is where it all started.”
During his speech, the president praised his daughters as the “two amazing young women”.
“Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad,” he said. “You are smart, and you are beautiful, but more importantly, you are kind, and you are thoughtful, and you are full of passion. And you bore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily.”
After Obama concluded his speech, his family came together on stage for a warm embrace.