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it's that spirit, a faith in reason and enterprise and the primacy of right over might that allowed us to resist the lure of fascism and tyranny during the great depression, that allowed us to build a post world war ii order with other democracies, an order not based on military power or national affiliations but built on principles, the rule of law, human rights, freedom of religion and speech and assembly and an independent press. that order is now being challenged. first by violent fanatics who claim to speak for islam. more recently by auto accurates
in foreign capitals who seek free markets in open democrat sis and civil societies itself as a threat to their power. the peril each poses to our democracy is more far reaching than a car bomb or a missile. they represent the fear of change, the fear of people who look or speak or pray differently. a contempt for the rule of law that holds leaders accountable, an intolerance of dissent and free thought, a belief that the sword or the gun or the bomb or the propaganda machine is the ultimate arbiter of what's true and what's right. because of the extraordinary courage of our men and women in uniform, because of our intelligence officers and law
enforcement and diplomats who support our troops, no foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland these past eight years. and although boston and orlando and san bernardino and ft. hood remind us of how dangerous radicalization can be, our law enforcement agencies are more effective and vigilant than ever. we've taken out tens of thousands of terrorists including bin laden. the global coalition we're leading against isil has taken out their leaders and taken away about half their territory. isil will be destroyed and no one who threatens america will ever be safe.
and all who serve or have served, it has been the honor of my lifetime to be your commander in chief and we all owe you a good debt of gratitude. but protecting our way of life, that's not just the job of our military. democracy can buckle when it gives in to fear. so just as we as citizens must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are.
and that's why for the past eight years i've worked to put the fight against terrorism on a firmer legal footing. that's why we've ended torture, worked to close gitmo, reformed our laws governing surveillance to protect privacy and civil liberties. that's why i reject discrimination against muslim americans. who are just as patriotic as we are. that's why -- that's why we cannot withdraw -- that's why we cannot withdraw from big global fights to expand democracy and
human rights and women's rights and lgbt rights no matter how imperfect our efforts, no matter how expedient ignoring such values may seem, that's part of defending america. for the fight against extremism and intolerance and sectarianism and chauvinism or the fight against totalitarianism and nationalist aggression. if the scope of freedom and respect for the rule of law shrinks around the world, the likelihood of war within and between nations increases. and our own freedoms will eventually be threatened. so let's be vigilant but not
afraid. isil will try to kill innocent people, but they cannot defeat america unless we betray our constitution and our principles in the fight. rivals like russia or china cannot match our influence around the world unless we give up what we stand for and turn ourselves into just another big country that bullies smaller neighbors. which brings me to my final point. our democracy -- our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted. all of us, regardless of party, should be throwing ourselves into the task of rebuilding our
democratic institutions. when voting rates in america are some of the lowest among advanced democracies, we should be making it easier not harder to vote. when trust in our institutions is low, we should reduce the corrosive influence of money in our politics and insist on the principles of transparency and ethics in public service. when congress is dysfunctional, we should draw our congressional districts to encourage politicians to cater to common sense and not rigid extremes.
but remember, none of this happens on its own. all of this depends on our participation, on each of us accepting the responsibility of citizenship regardless of which way the pendulum of power happens to be swinging. our constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift, but it's really just a piece of parchment. it has no power on its own. we the people give it power. we the people give it meaning with our participation and with the choices that we make and the alliances that we forge, whether
or not we stand up for our freedoms, whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. that's up to us. america's no fragile thing, but the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured. in his own farewell address, george washington wrote that self-government is the underpinning of our safety, prosperity and liberty, but from different causes and from different quarters much pains will be taken to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth. and so we have to preserve this truth with jealous anxiety that we should reject the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest or to enfeeble the sacred ties that
make us one. america, we weaken those ties when we allow our political dialogue to become so corrosive that people of good character aren't even willing to enter into public service. so coarse with rancor that americans with whom we disagree are seen not just as misguided but malevolent. we weaken those ties when we define some of us as more american than others, when we write off the whole system as inevitably corrupt and when we sit back and blame the leaders we elect without examining our own role in electing them.
it falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy, to embrace the joyous task we've been given, to continually try to improve this great nation of ours because, for all our outward differences, we, in fact, all share the same proud title, the most important office in a democracy -- citizen. citizen. so you see, that's what our democracy demands. it needs you.
not just when there's an election, not just when your own narrow interests is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. if you're tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try talking with one of them in real life. 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. show up. dive in.
stay at it. sometimes you'll win. sometimes you'll lose. presuming a reservoir of goodness in other people, that can be a risk, and there will be times when the process will disappoint you. but for those of us fortunate enough to have been part of this work and to see it up close, let me tell you, it can energize and inspire. and more often than not your faith in america and in americans will be confirmed. mine sure has been. over the course of these eight years, i have seen the hopeful faces of young graduates and our newest military officers.
i have mourned with grieving families searching for answers and found grace in charleston church. i've seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch. i've seen wounded warriors who at points were given up for dead walk again. i've seen our doctors and volunteers rebuild after earthquakes and stop pandemics in their tracks. i've seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees or work for peace. and above all, to look out for each other. so that faith that i placed all those years ago not far from
here in the power of ordinary americans to bring about change, that faith has been rewarded in ways i could not have possibly imagined. and i hope your faith has, too. some of you here tonight who are watching at home, you were there with us in 2004 and 2008, 2012. maybe you still can't believe we pulled this whole thing off. let me tell you, you're not the only ones. michel michelle.
delaware's favorite son, you were the first decision i made as a nominee and it was the best. not just because you have been a great vice president, but because in the bargain i gained a brother, and we love you and jill like family and your friendship has been one of the great joys of our lives. to my remarkable staff, for eight years and for some of you a whole lot more, i have drawn from your energy and every day i tried to reflect back what you displayed. heart and character and
idealism. i watched you grow up, get married, have kids, start incredible new journeys of your own. even when times got tough and frustrating, you never let washington get the better of you. you guarded against cynicism. and the only thing that makes me prouder than all the good that we've done is the thought of all the amazing things that you're going to achieve from here. and all of you out there, every organizer who moved to an unfamiliar town, every kind family who welcomed them in, every volunteer who knocked on doors, every young person who cast a ballot for the first time, every american who lived
and breathed the hard work of change, you are the best supporters and organizers anybody could ever hope for, and i will be forever grateful because you did change the world. you did. and that's why i leave this stage tonight even more optim t optimistic about this country than when we started because i know our work has not only helped so many americans, it has inspired so many americans. especially so many young people out there. to believe that you can make a difference, to hitch your wagon to something bigger than yourselves. let me tell you, this generation coming up, unselfish, altruistic, creative, patriotic. i've seen you in every corner of the country. you believe in a fair and just and inclusive america.
you know the constant change has been america's hallmark, that it's not something to fear but something to embrace. you are willing to carry this hard work of democracy forward. you'll soon outnumber all of us, and i believe as a result the future is in good hands. 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'm asking you to believe not in my ability to bring about change but in yours. i'm 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 march 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. thank you. god bless you. and god continue to bless the united states of america. thank you. >> closing on that psalm of hope
that brought him to the white house, president obama with his last formal address as president putting his distinctive stamp on an american tradition. his farewell address unlike any we've seen before. a hybrid really, part campaign speech, part state of the union, sermon on democracy, a song of gratitude and hope. president alone on that stage now. he'll soon be joined by -- there's malia right there and the first lady. most emotional moment of his speech when he thanked the first lady for the has set. he's proud of her, the country should be proud of her. joe biden, his friend and vice president, joe biden. what a pair they have been. opposites really, but a team in many ways as well.
and bruce springsteen in the background. and this speech so distinctly obama, in some ways a book end to that first speech he gave at the democratic convention that introduced him to so many back in 2004 where he talked about the values that bind us together. this one included a strong warning of the forces that drive us apart. >> yeah, in the end you heard obama the optimist, obama of hope and change, the obama of 2004 and 2008, but through much of this speech you heard obama the realist. he told you last week, george, that this one sentence historians will say about him, what he hopes, is he believed deeply in american democracy. in this speech you saw he also believes right now that american democracy is under assault and it was part warning, warning of racial division, of economic inequality, political polarization. >> you talk about that realistic
vision, byron pitts. he also said that vision of a post racial america that many had when he got elected was not realistic. you saw an edge there when he talked about race. he's saying he believes that race relations are better in america right now than they have been in the last 10, 20, 30 years. as you know, many americans, the majority of african-americans don't believe that. >> that's right, george. certainly depends where in the country and your age. if you were born after 1970, you know america is a better place than it was. the president spent more time on race and diversity than any other topics. close to eight minutes. race remains a potent and often divisive force. all of us have work to do. >> martha raddatz, the president talked about those who served their country. military might has made a difference in the world but also made that point he's come back to so many times in his
presidency, that it's an example of the power that matters, we cannot betray our constitution. >> and the united states cannot be a bully. he talked about russia, he talked about other -- this, george, to me, did not seem like a farewale addres well address. you called it a hybrid. it was more to a rallying cry. he was preaching to the choir in that room but those admonishments to those not in the room were quite clear. it was a very different speech than george w. bush in 2009, his farewell address from the east room. president obama had a lot to say and feeling there was a lot more to accomplish. >> a different speech also than when ronald reagan gave when he was leaving the stage saying he was leaving the white house in very good hands. the president said he was leaving the nation in good hands, the hands of his young supporters. >> and it was those young supporters that got him elected
in first place. after election after election of youth voter turnout going down. they turned out in 2008. that was the core of the obama coalition and one that didn't turn out for hillary clinton. >> we are seeing the president walk off the stage right now. tom lamas there. he was surrounded by love in that crowd. >> oh, this room was electric. it still is electric. people are on their feet. some people are crying. many of them are cheering. and i have to agree with martha raddatz, this really felt like a rally of sorts. the crowd here hanging on his every single word. i got to tell you, george, the lines that got the most applause were the lines that were direct contrast to president-elect trump's policies, lines like that's why i reject discrimination against muslim americans. if we decline to invest in the children of immigrants, it will not work because those brown
kids will represent a larger share of america's workforce. those types of lines got standing ovations here. clearly the energy was felt in this room. and i spoke to a couple supporters who said this type of energies with what was lacking with the democratic party in this last campaign. >> the energy byron pitts that the president tried to tap in his very first job when he went to chicago so many years ago, community organizer in those neighborhoods where he stood tonight as a president leaving the stage after two terms. >> president obama changed the psyche -- george, consider this, roger bannister broke the four-minute mile in 1984, never done before that. within a year, 24 runners had done that. in these years president obamas will shown america what happens possible, what we can look like, that we're now a more diverse nation from top to bottom. >> he's leaving the stage now. ten days left for president obama. president-elect trump comes next. we'll see president-elect trump tomorrow morning after gma. he's going to have his first formal press conference as president-elect. that's at 11:00 eastern right
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