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The Obamas The Legacy and Grace they shared with America

On January 10, 2017 in the same town he started his Presidency, Barack Obama briefly recaptured some of the magic that made so many believe that America "A place where all things are possible"

"Tonight we saw a man of dignity, chastened by the reality of Washington and speaking in the shadows of a presidential election that leaves his legacy deeply threatened and seems to still be spiraling into uncharted territory. And still offering hope." - Dan Rather
"This was not the young Senator who bounded upon the world stage with unbridled optimism in a belief we could easily overcome all that divides us. This was a man humbled by experience, but still summoning a deep faith in the basic strength of our democratic traditions." - Dan Rather cont.

"I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change - but in yours."

Obama's Farewell Address

"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 DAYS THAT REMAIN.

OBAMA'S IMPRESSIVE LEGACY

Over the past seven years, Americans have heard an awful lot about Barack Obama and his presidency, but the actual substance of his domestic policies and their impact on the country remain poorly understood. He has engineered quite a few quiet revolutions—and some of his louder revolutions are shaking up the status quo in quiet ways.

Obama is often dinged for failing to deliver on the hope-and-change rhetoric that inspired so many voters during his ascent to the presidency. But a review of his record shows that the Obama era has produced much more sweeping change than most of his supporters or detractors realize.

FAMILY

"Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I've done in my life, I'm most proud to be your dad."

"We have to try harder; to start with the premise that each of our fellow citizens loves this country just as much as we do; that they value hard work and family like we do; that their children are just as curious and hopeful and worthy of love as our own."

MICHELLE

As First Lady, Mrs. Obama worked on the issues close to her heart — supporting military families, helping children lead healthier lives, and encouraging all our young people to fulfill their boundless promise.

Michelle Obama has an honorable list of achievements during her tenure as First Lady but one of her strongest contributions to the nation was her ability to talk directly to the nation about issues of conscious and our values

"Michelle Lavaughn Robinson, girl of the South Side -- for the past 25 years, you have not only been my wife, the mother of my children, you have been my best friend,"

"You took on a role you didn't ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor."

"You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. And the new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. So you have made me proud. And you have made the country proud."

Beyonce performs At Last at the Obama Inauguration, January 2009

VICE-PRESIDENT BIDEN

“When Joe talks about hope and opportunity for our children, we hear the father who rode the rails home there every night so he could be there to tuck his kids into bed,” Obama said. “When Joe talks to Gold Star families who have lost a hero, we hear a kindred spirit, another father of an American veteran, somebody whose faith has been tested and has been forced to wander through the darkness himself and who knows who to lean on to find the light.”

"To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware's favorite son: you were the first choice I made as a nominee, and the best. Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother."

Jan 11, 2017 · President Obama presents a teary-eyed Vice President Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

"Not just because you have been a great Vice-President, but because in the bargain I gained a brother. We love you and Jill like family and your friendship has been one of the great joys of our life."

DEMOCRACY AND THE CONSTITUTION

"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 - with our participation, and the choices we make."

Whether or not we stand up for our freedoms. Whether or not we respect and enforce the rule of law. America is no fragile thing. But the gains of our long journey to freedom are not assured."

March 8, 2015, file photo, a large crowd moves in a symbolic walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma, Ala., to mark the 50th Anniversary of the civil rights protest

"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."

E.K.I.A. Enemy Killed in Action

The time in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was approximately 1 a.m. local time (3:51 p.m. EST) when Navy Adm. William McRaven, then the commander of SEAL Team 6, relayed word that Osama bin Laden had been killed. At 4:06 p.m. on May 1, 2011 (12:36 a.m., May 2, in Pakistan), the White House's official photographer, Pete Souza, took the following iconic photograph of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and the national-security team monitoring Operation Neptune Spear in real time.

"I need to watch this. You're always working with probabilities and you make a decision, not based on 100% certainty, but with the best information that you've got." --Barack Obama

Obama entered the room as one of the two SEAL helicopters crash-landed at the bin Laden compound. "I was thinking that this is not an ideal start," Obama would later tell CNN's Peter Bergen. He described the call to strike the compound as "emblematic of presidential decision-making."

Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC is the home to the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights.

"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."

SPEECHES THAT MOVED AND CONSOLED A NATION

HUGGER-IN-CHIEF

Hugging is how I connect to people–how I show warmth and make folks feel at home. - Michelle Obama
I’m myself–and I want to know who they are, I want them to feel comfortable telling me their story. Michelle Obama

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