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or to feeble the sacred ties that make us one. >> america, we weaken those tie, when we allow our political dialogue to become so corrosive that people of good chartinger are each willing to enter into public service. so coarse with rancor the americans with who we disagree are seen as misguided but mail ev le malevolent. we weaken those ties 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. [ applause ] it falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy, to embrace the joyous task we have 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. [ applause ] so you see, that's what our democracy demands.
it need you. not just when there's an election, not just when your own narrow interest 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 organizin 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 a 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 a 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 through their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees or work for peace and above all to look out for each other. [ applause ] so that faith that i've 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 watching tonight or watching at home, you were there with us in 2004 and 2008, 2012. [ applause ] maybe you still can't believe we pulled this whole thing off. let me talk to you, you're not the only ones. michelle.
strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women. are you smart and you are beautiful but more importantly, are you kind and you are thoughtful and you are full of passion and you are the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. of all that i have done in my life, i am most proud to be your dad. to joe biden, [ applause ]
the scrappy kid from scranton, who became the favorite son, you were the first decision i made as a nominee and it was the best. [ applause ] not just because you have been a great vice president, but because i gave to brother, we love you and jill like family and your friendship has been one of the great joys of our lifetime lifetimes. so my remarkable family, for eight years, for some of you a whole lot more, i have drawn from your energy and every day i try to reflect back what you've
displayed, heart, and character and idealism and i watched you grow up, get married, have kids, start incredible new journeys of your own. even when times got tough and frustrated, you never let washington get the better of i. you guarded against cynicism. the only thing that make miseprouder than all the good that we've done is the thought of all the amazing things that you are going to achieve from here. and all of you out there, every organizer who moved to an unfamiliar town? every crime 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 loo everybody this stage tonight, even more 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 can you 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 american. 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 the 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 are 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 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 final documents, that ideal whisper about 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. created decor of every american whose story is not yet written. yes, we can. if we did, if we can, thank you, god bless you. may god continue to bless the
united states of america. thank you. >> reporter: president obama ending on the mantra that carried him into office eight years ago, yes, we can, speaking to a packed crowd, here at mccormick place convention center in chicago. his official farewell speech. looking on. the first lady, michelle obama, who bought the the biggest applause of the night. also vice president joe biden and dr. jill biden. who he singled out as deep and close and personal friends and partner calling vice president biden a brother. here's the first lady and malia obama now joining the president on stage. dr. biden. and vice president joe biden. coming up to thank the president. kristen welker is with me. he has been watching this speech. kristen, this was a, it seemed like a speech laying the seed
for a president who is going to become, continue to be very active in trying to supported his port and these ideals. >> i think are you right, lester, he ended on that note, yes, we k. this was as you would expect a defense of his legacy, but it was also a call to action to the american people and i think to his successor, to defend this democracy. he talked about how fragile the nation's democracy is. i thought one of the most poignant moments was with president-elect trump. he said no the key to our democracy is a peaceful transition. >> chuck todd is watching along in new york. what are your thoughts here? you hear the president thanking his staff, thanking america. >> i think we need to focus on the content. it's a remarkable moment in our history. it underscores the tumultuous times we live in, the president the outgoing president, felt the need to use his farewell address to not just make the case are for democracy to hear, but to remake the case for democracy for americans to hear.
i think that was, in part, obviously a response to what we are seeing right now in our politics but also an attempt to seefb as a bserve as a beacon f the democratic party going forward and his supporters going forward. that's why he ended up on this note. let's not forget the meat of this speech. this was in many cases the president lamenting the state of our democracy right now in his farewell address. >> president obama knew that january 20th, 2017, would come. he didn't know two he would be handing the keys over to, of course, until the last election. i sat down with the president here in chicago just about an hour-and-a-half ago. and i asked him about the results of that election and his reaction. here's part of our exchange. >> tell me what happened that night watching those results when you realize that donald trump is going to win. was there an unvarnished barack obama at that moment? >> you know, you know, there was
just surprise. you know, generally speaking, not just me but my team had been pretty good at seeing something coming. and partly because just the polling was so off. the data was off. that was a surprise. you though, i think the president-elect would be the first to acknowledge he didn't run a convention ale campaign. and it's not clear that he or his team thought they were going to win. and so, so i think more than anything, it was just advise. >> -- surprise. >> he talked the next day he had to go in and talk to his staff. and he has try id to take the high road in this. but he's clearly hurting. >> he is. you could see him feel that and express that in his response to
you there, lester, which is really striking. he has talked about the day after election, a peaceful transition. he has instructed his white house team to make sure that, in fact, happens. we know this the a challenge for him. and that was present in his remarks this evening when he called on not only this crowd but the nation's successor to reject hyper partisanship. to reject discrimination in all of its forms. he referenced muslims. >> that is a clear counter to some of the rhetoric we we heard on the cane trail. you can bet, though, he will remain engaged. >> chuck todd when we were on the set on election night, when it was clear that hillary clinton was going down to defeat. i think you posed the question to the panel, who now becomes the leader of the democratic party? watching president obama, how strong will he come to rebuild the democratic party in. >> look, he is the animating force inside the democratic party.
he is the guy that can convene folks and organize the party. i think he, i think he is reluctant to have to be the leader going forward, but it's my understanding he realizes that there is really nobody else right now that it's a place holder, but that he has got to fill this vacuum. you got to be careful here. you don't want to over -- you don't want to get too involved there there is a fine line you walk as a former president doing that. i think he is accepting. i think tonight's speech is a part of that. she accepting this idea that he is now and still has to remain the leader of the democratic party. >> he, of course, noted the peaceful transfer of power that is about to take place in this country. we will hear from president-elect trump and his vision perhaps a bit more tomorrow in his first news conference since his election. a programing note, we hope you will join us friday into the at 10:00/9:00 central, with my extended interview. you saw some of it though and tomorrow morning for president-elect trump's first news conference since winning
the election. for now, i'm lester holt saywea. we're getting hit hard -- again. especially for the communites alg right now at 7:00, a microclimate weather alert. we're getting hit hard again, especially for the communities along the russian river. in the south bay, crumbling roads and mudslides continue to hatcher the santa cruz mountains along highway 17. and more flooding across the bay area. we have the updated timeline of in storm. thanks for joining us for this special edition. we're on tonight following president obama's emotional farewell address m. >> we're extending our broadcast until 7:30 tonight. >> we