President Barack and Michelle Obama will on Friday 20th January 2017 graciously depart from the White House their official home since January 20th 2009 when he was first inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America.
The Obama’s made history as the first African American couple to occupy the White House in their capacity as President and First Lady.
It was defining moment in the history of America and the fulfillment of a dream by the great African American Civil Right leader, Dr Martin Luther King Jr. He had at the Lincoln memorial park in 1963 declared in his iconic “I have a dream” speech that “now is the time to lift our nation from the quick-sands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.”
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.”
“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”
Martin Luther King Jr’s dream was fulfilled when Barack Obama became the first African American to be elected and inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States.
President Obama in his moving farewell address to the American people said:
“I first came to Chicago when I was in my early twenties, and I was still trying to figure out who I was; still searching for a purpose to my life. And it was a neighborhood not far from here where I began working with church groups in the shadows of closed steel mills. It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith, and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss.”
“Michelle LaVaughn Robinson 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. You took on a role you didn’t ask for. And you made it your own with grace and with grit and with style, and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model.”
“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.
Farewell Barack and Michelle Obama.