President Barack Obama Calls Americans to Defend Democracy in Farewell Speech in Chicago

January 11, 2017, Wednesday @ 15:54 in World | Views: 79
President Barack Obama Calls Americans to Defend Democracy in Farewell Speech in Chicago Barack Obama Photo: EPA

United States President Barack Obama has called on Americans to defend their democracy in his farewell speech in Chicago, the BBC reported.

"By almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place" than it was eight years ago when he took office, he told thousands of supporters.

But he warned "democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted".

He implored Americans of all backgrounds to consider things from each other's point of view, saying "we have to pay attention and listen".

The country's first black president, now 55, was first elected in 2008 on a message of hope and change.

His successor, Donald Trump, has vowed to undo some of the Obama's signature policies. He will be sworn into office on 20 January.

Raucous chants of "four more years" from the crowd were brushed aside by the president. "I can't do that," he said with a smile. The United States presidents are limited to two terms by the constitution.

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