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Barack Obama Wipes Tears and a nostalgic goodbye

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    President Barack Obama wipes his tears as he speaks at McCormick Place in Chicago

    Eight years ago, Barack Obama inspired Americans to embrace political change with the mantra "yes we can."

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    President Barack Obama wipes away tears while speaking during his farewell address

    Obama stood unbowed and unapologetic after eight tough years

  • President Barack Obama, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama
    President Barack Obama speaks during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago

    Obama revived the spirit and idealism of his 2008 campaign in a nostalgic, sometimes emotional final address to the nation from his hometown of Chicago, 10 days before he cedes power to Donald Trump, his antithesis in personality and politics.

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    First lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia lean into one another as they listen to President Barack Obama

    The President stood unbowed and unapologetic after eight tough years, an unrepentant champion of hope and change.

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    President Barack Obama is greeted by Vice President Joe Biden, right, and Dr. Jill Biden after giving his presidential farewell address

    Just as on a frigid morning in Springfield, Illinois, in February 2007 when he announced his White House bid, Obama strode on a walkway to a stage set in a huge crowd to his campaign anthem, "City of Blinding Lights" by U2.

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    President Barack Obama is joined by his First Lady Michelle Obama and his daughter Malia

    "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...," Obama said.

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    President Barack Obama points on stage with first lady Michelle Obama

    "But that's what we did," Obama said. "That's what you did. You were the change. You answered people's hopes. And because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started."

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    President Barack Obama waves as he is joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia Obama

    President Barack Obama waves as he is joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia Obama

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