In what is now his final speech, President Obama spoke to a crowd of thousands to reflect on his last 8 years in office.
Obama spoke about the sharp racial divide that has swept the nation during the last few years by saying "we’re not where we need to be, and all of us have more work to do" to solve the racial and economic inequality in particular.
The irony is that racial tensions are now worse in America after 8 years of having a black president. If there was ever a chance to heal racial tensions it was under Obama's presidency. Instead, Barack has done nothing except perpetuate hostility by not standing up for ALL Americans and recently being silent when it came to supporting police officers.
Obama even said "After my election, there was talk of a post-racial America. In such a vision, however well intended, it was never realistic," he said. Apparently, some things are too big for change.
Obama went on to ask for more change, just like in his campaigning days. "I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours."
He touted his "achievements" as President by saying, “If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history, you might have said our sights were set a little too high."
He then turned his speech towards economic issues, again bringing up race.
“We’re not where we need to be. All of us have more work to do. After all, if every economic issue is framed as a struggle between a hard-working white middle class and undeserving minorities, then workers of all shades will be left fighting for scraps while the wealthy withdraw further into their private enclaves,” he said.
Obama even went back to his roots as a community organizer.
“If something needs fixing, then lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself,” he said. “Show up. Dive in. Stay at it. Sometimes you’ll win. Sometimes you’ll lose.”
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Also, to see Obama's final speech in full, watch the video below: