President Barack Obama's Farewell Address (Full Speech) | NBC News [w/ subs]



00:13:53 – .
00:13:56 – >> THIS IS AN NBC NEWS SPECIAL
00:13:57 – REPORT.
00:13:58 – PRESIDENT OBAMA'S FAREWELL
00:14:00 – ADDRESS, FROM CHICAGO, HERE'S
00:14:01 – LESTER HOLT.
00:14:03 – >> AND GOOD EVENING FROM
00:14:04 – McCORMICK PLACE CONVENTION
00:14:07 – CENTER IN CHICAGO, FROM IN JUST
00:14:08 – A MOMENT, PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL
00:14:10 – GIVE HIS FAREWELL ADDRESS TO AN
00:14:12 – AUDIENCE OF 20,000 HERE AND
00:14:14 – MILLIONS MORE WATCHING AT HOME.
00:14:16 – TONIGHT, WHICH WILL HEAR FROM
00:14:17 – THE PRESIDENT IN HIS ADOPTED
00:14:20 – HOME TOWN, REFLECTING ON HIS
00:14:21 – EIGHT YEARS IN THE OVAL OFFICE.
00:14:23 – JUST A SHORT TIME AGO, I
00:14:25 – CONCLUDED BY INTERVIEW WITH THE
00:14:27 – PRESIDENT ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE.
00:14:30 – LATER WE SPOKE IN ONE OF HIS
00:14:33 – DINERS IN HYDE PARG.
00:14:37 – HE TOLD ME HE HOPES TO FACE HIS
00:14:38 – CHALLENGESERS FROM HIS
00:14:39 – SUCCESSOR, POLITIC DONALD TRUMP
00:14:40 – WHO TAKES OVER THE OFFICE IN
00:14:42 – JUST TEN DAYS TIME.
00:14:44 – I AM JOINED HERE BY NBC'S
00:14:45 – KRISTEN WELKER.
00:14:46 – KRISTEN, ON THE AIRPLANE COMING
00:14:49 – HERE TODAY, THERE WAS A SENSE OF
00:14:51 – NOSTALGIA AMONG HIS SENIOR
00:14:52 – STAFF.
00:14:53 – >> HIS SENIOR ADVISERS TOLL ME
00:14:55 – THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY EMOTIONAL
00:14:56 – NIGHT.
00:14:56 – SO MANY PEOPLE IN THIS CROWD
00:14:59 – HAVE SUPPORTED HIM FROM THE VERY
00:14:59 – BEGINNING.
00:15:01 – THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE HE CALM
00:15:02 – BACK TO CELEBRATE HIS
00:15:03 – RE-ELECTION FOUR YEARS AGO.
00:15:05 – IN EXCERPTS RELEASED EARLIER
00:15:07 – TONIGHT, YOU KNOW HE WILL PRAISE
00:15:09 – THE AMERICAN VALUES EMBODIED IN
00:15:09 – THIS CITY.
00:15:11 – HE WILL SAY THIS IS WHERE HE
00:15:13 – LEARNED ORDINARY PEOPLE CAN GET
00:15:15 – INVOLVED AND REALLY MAKE A
00:15:15 – CHANGE.
00:15:17 – THIS WILL NOT BE A REBUKE OF
00:15:18 – DONALD TRUMP.
00:15:20 – UT GOING TO BE A LOOK 'BACK AT
00:15:22 – EIGHT YEARS, A CALL TO ACTION.
00:15:23 – >> WE KNOW MICHELLE OBAMA IS
00:15:24 – HERE.
00:15:31 – THEY'VE JUST MADE THE
00:15:34 – ANNOUNCEMENT.
00:15:34 – THERE WAS AN ACT ONLY INm THERE
00:15:35 – WERE A LOT OF LOYAL SUPPORTERS
00:15:37 – OF THE PRESIDENT HERE AND THAT
00:15:39 – THERE WOULD BE THESE KIND OF
00:15:40 – MOMENTS AS THE PRESIDENT WALKED
00:15:41 – OUT.
00:15:43 – CHUCK TODD IS WATCHING ALONG
00:15:44 – WITH US IN NEW YORK.
00:15:46 – CHUCK SPEAKING TO THE
00:15:47 – PREDECESSOR TODAY, HE IS STILL
00:15:51 – WRESTLING WITH THE ISSUE OF HIS
00:15:57 – LEGACY AND IN VIEW OF THE TRUMP
00:15:59 – VICTORY.
00:16:02 – >> WELL, LESTER, I THINK IT'S
00:16:03 – UNDERSTANDABLE WHY HE IS A
00:16:04 – LITTLE BIT.
00:16:05 – BECAUSE SOME STUFF COULD GET
00:16:07 – UNDONE WITH THE STROKE OF A PEN
00:16:11 – WITHIN AN HOUR THAT HE TAKES THE
00:16:12 – OATH.
00:16:16 – >> HERE IS THE PRESIDENT.
00:16:23 – >> IT'S GREAT TO BE HOME.
00:16:25 – THANK YOU.
00:16:29 – THANK YOU, EVERYBODY.
00:16:34 – THANK YOU.
00:16:37 – THANK YOU.
00:16:41 – THANK YOU, SO MUCH.
00:16:41 – THANK YOU.
00:16:42 – THANK YOU.
00:16:42 – THANK YOU.
00:16:50 – IT'S GOOD TO BE HOME.
00:16:51 – THANK YOU.
00:16:53 – THANK YOU.
00:16:55 – THANK YOU.
00:17:06 – [ CHEERS ]
00:17:09 – WE'RE ON LIVE TV HERE.
00:17:21 – I GOT TO MOVE.
00:17:39 – YOU CAN TELL THAT I'M — YOU CAN
00:17:39 – TELL THAT, YOU THE TELL THAT I'M
00:17:40 – A LAME DUCK BECAUSE NOBODY IS
00:17:42 – FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS.
00:17:51 – EVERYBODY HAVE A SEAT.
00:18:05 – MY FELLOW AMERICANS, MICHELLE
00:18:07 – AND I HAVE BEEN SO TOUCHED BY
00:18:09 – ALL THE WELL WISHES THAT WE'VE
00:18:13 – RECEIVED OVER THE PAST FEW
00:18:17 – WEEKS, BUT TONIGHT, TONIGHT IT'S
00:18:19 – MY TURN TO SAY THANKS,.
00:18:22 – WHETHER WE HAVE SEEN EYE TO EYE
00:18:28 – OR RARELY AGREED AT ALL, MY
00:18:29 – CONVERSATIONS WITH YOU, THE
00:18:32 – AMERICAN PEOPLE, IN LIVING ROOMS
00:18:37 – AND IN SCHOOLS, AT FAMS.
00:18:40 – ON FACTORY FLOORS, DINERS AND ON
00:18:44 – DISTANT MILITARY OUTPOSTS, THOSE
00:18:46 – CONVERSATIONS ARE WHAT HAVE KEPT
00:18:49 – ME HONEST AND KEPT ME INSPIRED
00:18:51 – AND KEPT ME GOING.
00:18:54 – AND EVERY DAY I HAVE LEARNED
00:18:55 – FROM YOU.
00:18:57 – YOU MADE ME A BETTER PRESIDENT.
00:19:01 – AND YOU MADE ME A BETTER MAN.
00:19:03 – SO I FIRST CAME TO CHICAGO WHEN
00:19:06 – I WAS IN MY EARLY 20s AND I WAS
00:19:10 – STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHO I
00:19:13 – WAS, STILL SEARCHING FOR A
00:19:16 – PURPOSE IN MY LIFE AND IT WAS A
00:19:17 – NEIGHBORHOOD NOT FAR FROM HERE
00:19:19 – WHERE I BEGAN WORKING WITH
00:19:22 – CHURCH GROUPS IN THE SHADOWS OF
00:19:24 – CLOSED STEEL MILLS.
00:19:26 – IT WAS ON THESE STREETS WHERE I
00:19:30 – WITNESSED THE POWER OF FATE AND
00:19:31 – THE QUIET DIGNITARY OF WORKING
00:19:37 – PEOPLE IN THE FACE OF STRUGGLE
00:19:41 – AND LAWS.
00:19:53 – I CAN'T DO THAT.
00:19:58 – NOW THIS IS WHERE I LEARNED THAT
00:19:59 – CHANGE ONLY HAPPENS WHEN
00:20:00 – ORDINARY PEOPLE GET INVOLVED AND
00:20:02 – THEY GET ENGAGED.
00:20:07 – AND THEY COME TOGETHER TO DEMAND
00:20:08 – IT.
00:20:09 – AFTER EIGHT YEARS AS YOUR
00:20:12 – PRESIDENT, I STILL BELIEVE THAT.
00:20:15 – AND IT'S NOT JUST MY BELIEF.
00:20:19 – IT'S THE BEATING HEART OF OUR
00:20:21 – AMERICAN IDEA, OUR BOLD
00:20:25 – EXPERIMENT IN SELF GOVERNMENT.
00:20:26 – IT'S THE CONVICTION THAT WE ARE
00:20:31 – ALL CREATED EQUAL ENDOWED BY OUR
00:20:34 – CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UNALIENABLE
00:20:36 – RIGHTS AMONG THEM LIFE, LIBERTY
00:20:39 – AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.
00:20:43 – IT'S THE INSISTENCE THAT THESE
00:20:45 – RIGHTS, WHILE SELF-EVIDENT, HAVE
00:20:49 – NEVER BEEN SELF EXECUTED.
00:20:53 – >> THAT WE, THE PEOPLE, THROUGH
00:20:55 – THE INSTRUMENT OF OUR DEMOCRACY
00:21:00 – CAN FORM A MORE PERFECT UNION.
00:21:04 – WHAT A RADICAL IDEA.
00:21:07 – THE GREAT GIFT THAT OUR FOUNDERS
00:21:09 – GAVE TO US.
00:21:11 – THE FREEDOM TO CHASE OUR
00:21:12 – INDIVIDUAL DREAMS THROUGH OUR
00:21:18 – SWEAT AND TOIL AND IMAGINATION
00:21:20 – AND THE IMPERATIVE TO STRIVE
00:21:22 – TOWING AS WELL, TO ACHIEVE A
00:21:28 – COMMON GOOD, A GREATER GOOD.
00:21:32 – FOR240 YEARS, OUR NATION'S CALL
00:21:33 – TO CITIZENSHIP HAS GIVEN WORK
00:21:37 – AND PURPOSE TO EACH NEW
00:21:37 – GENERATION.
00:21:39 – IT'S WHAT LED PATRIOTS TO CHOOSE
00:21:43 – REPUBLIC OF TYRANNY, PIONEERS TO
00:21:47 – TREK WEST, SLAVES TO BRAVE THAT
00:21:49 – MAKE SHIFT RAILROAD TO
00:21:49 – CLEVELAND.
00:21:51 – IT'S WHAT PULLED IMMIGRANTS AND
00:21:58 – RNLSREFUGEES ACROSS OCEANS AND
00:21:59 – THE RIO GRANDE AND PUSHED WOMEN
00:22:01 – TO REACH FOR THE BATTLE, WHAT
00:22:07 – POWERED WORKERS TO ORGANIZE,
00:22:17 – IT'S WHY GIs GAVE THEIR LIVES AT
00:22:19 – OMAHA BEACH AND IWOJIMA AND IRAQ
00:22:22 – AND MEN AND WOMEN FROM SELMA AND
00:22:28 – STONEWALL WERE PREPARED TO GIVE
00:22:31 – THEIRS AS WELL.
00:22:34 – SO, SO THAT'S WHAT WE MEAN WHEN
00:22:36 – WE SAY AMERICAN DECEPTION.
00:22:37 – NOT THAT OUR NATION HAS BEEN
00:22:39 – FLAWFROM THE START BUT THAT WE
00:22:42 – HAVE SHOWN THE CAPACITY TO
00:22:46 – CHANGE AND MAKE LIFE BETTER FOR
00:22:50 – THOSE WHO FOLLOW.
00:22:54 – YES, OUR PROGRESS HAS BEEN
00:22:55 – UNEVEN.
00:22:57 – THE WORK OF DEMOCRACY HAS ALWAYS
00:22:58 – BEEN HARD.
00:23:00 – IT'S ALWAYS BEEN CONTENTIOUS.
00:23:03 – SOMETIMES IT'S BEEN B*****.
00:23:06 – FOR EVERY TWO STEPS FORWARD, IT
00:23:11 – OFTEN FEELS WE TAKE ONE STEP
00:23:12 – BACK.
00:23:14 – BUT THE LONG SWEEP OF AMERICA
00:23:16 – HAS BEEN DEFINED BY FORWARD
00:23:17 – MOTION.
00:23:19 – A CONSTANT WIDENING OF OUR
00:23:25 – FOUNDING CREED TO EMBRACE ALL
00:23:30 – AND NOT JUST SOME.
00:23:39 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:23:39 – .
00:23:42 – IF I HAD TOLD YOU EIGHT YEARS
00:23:43 – AGO, THAT AMERICA WOULD REVERSE
00:23:47 – LATE IN THE RECESSION, REBOOT
00:23:50 – OUR AUTO INDUSTRY, AND UNLEASH
00:23:54 – THE LONGEST PLEDGE OF JOB
00:23:56 – CREATION IN OUR HISTORY.
00:23:58 – IF I HAD TOLD YOU THAT WE WOULD
00:24:01 – OPEN UP A NEW CHAPTER WITH THE
00:24:04 – CUBAN PEOPLE, SHUT DOWN IRAN'S
00:24:07 – NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAM WITHOUT
00:24:09 – FIRING A SHOT, TAKE OUT THE
00:24:13 – MASTERMIND OF 9/11.
00:24:15 – IF I HAD TOLD YOU THAT WE WOULD
00:24:20 – WIN MARRIAGE EQUALITY AND SECURE
00:24:21 – THE LIFE TO HAVE CONCERN FOR
00:24:26 – ANOTHER 20 MILLION OF OUR FELLOW
00:24:34 – CITIZENS IF I HAD TOLD YOU ALL
00:24:35 – THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE SAID OUR
00:24:41 – SIGHTS WERE SET A LITTLE TOO
00:24:49 – HIGH, BUT THAT'S WHAT WE DID.
00:24:52 – THAT'S WHAT YOU DID.
00:24:53 – YOU WERE THE CHANGE.
00:24:56 – THE ANSWER TO PEOPLE'S HOPES AND
00:25:00 – BECAUSE OF YOU, BY ALMOST EVERY
00:25:02 – MEASURE, AMERICA'S A BETTER,
00:25:07 – STRONGER PLACE THAN IT WAS WHEN
00:25:18 – WE STARTED.
00:25:20 – IN TEN DAYS, THE WORLD WILL
00:25:23 – WITNESS A HALLMARK OF OUR
00:25:24 – DEMOCRACY.
00:25:30 – NO, NO, NO, NO THE PEACEFUL
00:25:32 – TRANSFER OF POWER FROM ONE
00:25:39 – FREELY ELECTED PRESIDENT TO THE
00:25:40 – NEXT.
00:25:41 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:25:42 – I COMMITTED TO PRESIDENT-ELECT
00:25:44 – TRUMP THAT MY ADMINISTRATION
00:25:46 – WOULD ENSURE THE SMOOTHEST
00:25:49 – POSSIBLE TRANSITION JUST AS
00:25:54 – PRESIDENT BUSH DID FOR ME.
00:25:55 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:25:58 – BECAUSE IT'S UP TO ALL OF US TO
00:26:00 – MAKE SURE OUR GOVERNMENT CAN
00:26:04 – HELP US MEET THE MANY CHALLENGES
00:26:06 – WE STILL FACE.
00:26:08 – WE HAVE WHAT WE NEED TO DO SO.
00:26:10 – WE HAVE EVERYTHING WE NEED TO
00:26:11 – MEET THOSE CHALLENGES.
00:26:14 – AFTER ALL, WE WERE MADE OF THE
00:26:16 – WEALTHIEST, MOST POWERFUL AND
00:26:20 – MOST RESPECTED NATION ON EARTH.
00:26:23 – OUR YOUTH, OUR DRIVE, OUR
00:26:25 – DIVERSITY AND OPENNESS, OUR
00:26:28 – BOUNDLESS CAPACITY FOR RISK AND
00:26:29 – REINVENTION MEANS THAT THE
00:26:35 – FUTURE SHOULD BE OURS.
00:26:40 – BUT THAT POTENTIAL WILL ONLY BE
00:26:43 – REALIZED IF OUR DEMOCRACY WORKS.
00:26:45 – ONLY IF OUR POLITICS BETTER
00:26:51 – REFLECTS THE DECENCY OF OUR
00:26:52 – PEOPLE
00:26:52 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:26:55 – ONLY IF ALL OF US, REGARDLESS OF
00:26:58 – PARTY AFFILIATION OR PARTICULAR
00:27:03 – INTERESTS HELP RESTORE THE SENSE
00:27:04 – OF COMMON PURPOSE THAT WE SO
00:27:05 – BADLY NEED RIGHT NOW.
00:27:10 – THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO FOCUS ON
00:27:10 – TONIGHT.
00:27:17 – THE STATE OF OUR DEMOCRACY.
00:27:20 – UNDERSTAND DEMOCRACY DOES NOT
00:27:22 – REQUIRE UNIFORMITY.
00:27:24 – OUR FOUNDERS ARGUED, THEY
00:27:27 – QUARRELLED, EVENTUALLY, THEY
00:27:28 – COMPROMISED.
00:27:34 – THEY EXPECTED US TO DO THE SAME.
00:27:37 – BUT THEY KNEW THAT DEMOCRACY
00:27:43 – DOES REQUIRE A BASIC SENSE OF
00:27:44 – SOLIDARITY.
00:27:46 – THE IDEA THAT FOR ALL OUR
00:27:47 – OUTWARD DIFFERENCES, WE'RE ALL
00:27:49 – IN THIS TOGETHER.
00:27:59 – >> THAT WE RISE OR FALL AS ONE.
00:28:00 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:28:02 – THERE HAVE BEEN MOMENTS
00:28:05 – THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY THAT
00:28:09 – THREATENS THAT SOLIDARITY.
00:28:11 – IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS CENTURY
00:28:15 – HAS BEEN ONE OF THOSE TIMES.
00:28:19 – A SHRISKING WORLD, GROWING
00:28:20 – INEQUALITY, DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE
00:28:22 – IN THE SPECTRE OF TERRORISM.
00:28:24 – THESE FORCES HAVEN'T JUST TESTED
00:28:27 – OUR SECURITY AND OUR PROSPERITY,
00:28:30 – BUT ARE TESTING OUR DEMOCRACY AS
00:28:30 – WELL.
00:28:33 – AND HOW WE MEET THESE CHALLENGES
00:28:35 – TO OUR DEMOCRACY WILL DETERMINE
00:28:37 – OUR ABILITY TO EDUCATE OUR KIDS
00:28:40 – AND CREATE GOOD JOBS AND PROTECT
00:28:41 – OUR HOMELAND.
00:28:46 – IN OTHER WORDS, IT WILL
00:28:48 – DETERMINE OUR FUTURE.
00:28:50 – TO BEGIN WITH, OUR DEMOCRACY
00:28:52 – WON'T WORK WITHOUT A SENSE THAT
00:28:55 – EVERYONE HAS ECONOMIC
00:28:55 – OPPORTUNITIES.
00:28:57 – AND THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT, TODAY
00:29:00 – THE ECONOMY IS GROWING AGAIN,
00:29:03 – WAGES, INCOMES, HOME VALUE, AND
00:29:05 – RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS ARE ALL
00:29:06 – RISING AGAIN.
00:29:13 – POVERTY IS FALLING AGAIN.
00:29:13 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:29:16 – THE WEALTHY ARE PAYING A FAIRER
00:29:19 – SHARE OF TAX, EVEN AS THE
00:29:20 – STOCKMARKET SHATTERS RECORDS,
00:29:24 – THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS NEAR A
00:29:25 – TEN-YEAR LOW.
00:29:27 – THE UNINSURED RATE HAS NEVER
00:29:36 – EVER BEEN LOWER.
00:29:37 – HEALTH CARE COSTS ARE ARRIVING
00:29:40 – AT THE SLOWEST RATE IN 50 YEARS
00:29:43 – AND I'VE SAID AND I MOON IT, IF
00:29:45 – ANYONE CAN PUT TOGETHER A PLAN
00:29:47 – THAT IS DEMONSTRABLY BETTER THAN
00:29:50 – THE IMPROVEMENTS WE'VE NEED OUR
00:29:52 – HEALTH CARE SYSTEM THAT COVERS
00:29:54 – AS MANY PEOPLE AT LESS COST, I
00:30:03 – WILL COVER IT AND SUPPORT IT.
00:30:10 – BECAUSE THAT, AFTER ALL, IS WHY
00:30:11 – WE SERVE.
00:30:14 – NOT TO SCORE POINTS OR TAKE
00:30:19 – CREDIT BUT TO MAKE PEOPLE'S
00:30:22 – LIVES BETTER.
00:30:24 – BUT FOR ALL REAL PROGRESS THAT
00:30:30 – WE'VE MADE, WE KNOW IT'S NOT
00:30:30 – ENOUGH.
00:30:33 – OUR ECONOMY DOESN'T WORK AS WELL
00:30:36 – OR GROW AS FAST WHEN A FEW
00:30:37 – PROSPER AT THE EXPENSE OF THE
00:30:39 – GROWING MIDDLE CLASS AND LATTERS
00:30:40 – FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO GET INTO
00:30:41 – THE MIDDLE CLASS.
00:30:44 – THAT'S THE ECONOMIC ARGUMENT,
00:30:46 – BUT START INEQUALITY IS
00:30:51 – CORROSIVE TO OUR DEMOCRATIC
00:30:51 – IDEA.
00:30:55 – WHILE THE TOP 1% HAS AMASSED A
00:30:55 – BIGGER INCOME.
00:30:57 – TOO MANY OF OUR FAMILIES IN
00:31:01 – INNER CITIES AND IN RURAL
00:31:03 – COUNTIES HAVE BEEN LEFT BEHIND.
00:31:05 – THE LAID OFF FACTORY WORKER, THE
00:31:07 – WAITRESS OR HEALTH CARE WORKER
00:31:09 – WHO'S JUST BARELY GETTING BY AND
00:31:11 – STRUGGLING TO PAY THE BILLS.
00:31:12 – CONVINCED THAT THE GAME IS FIXED
00:31:13 – AGAINST THEM.
00:31:14 – >> THAT THEIR GOVERNMENT ONLY
00:31:16 – SERVES THE INTERESTS OF THE
00:31:17 – POWERFUL.
00:31:20 – THAT'S A RECIPE FOR MORE
00:31:24 – CYNICISM AND POLARIZATION IN OUR
00:31:25 – POLITICS.
00:31:27 – THERE ARE NO QUICK FIXS TO THIS
00:31:28 – LONG-TERM TREND.
00:31:31 – I AGREE, OUR TRADE SHOULD BE
00:31:32 – FAIR AND NOT JUST FREE.
00:31:35 – BUT THE NEXT WAVE OF ECONOMIC
00:31:37 – DISLOCATIONS WON'T COME FROM
00:31:39 – OVERSEAS, IT WILL COME FROM THE
00:31:40 – RELENTLESS PACE OF AUTOMATION
00:31:43 – THAT MAKES A LOT OF GOOD MIDDLE
00:31:44 – CLASS JOBS OBSOLETE.
00:31:47 – AND SO WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO
00:31:49 – FORGE A NEW SOCIAL EXACT TO
00:31:51 – GUARANTEE ALL OUR KIDS THE
00:31:53 – EDUCATION THEY NEED.
00:31:55 – TO GIVE WORKERS THE POWER TO
00:31:59 – UNIONIZE FOR BETTER WAGES, TO
00:32:01 – UPDATE THE SOCIAL SAFETY NET TO
00:32:03 – REFLECT WAY WE LIVE NOW.
00:32:06 – AND MAKE MORE REFORMS TO THE TAX
00:32:07 – CODE SO CORPORATIONS AND
00:32:09 – INDIVIDUALS WHO REAP THE MOST
00:32:11 – FROM THIS NEW ECONOMY DON'T
00:32:13 – AVOID THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO THE
00:32:17 – COUNTRY THAT'S MADE THEIR VERY
00:32:23 – SUCCESS POSSIBLE.
00:32:28 – WE CAN ARGUE ABOUT HOW TO BEST
00:32:29 – ACHIEVE THESE GOALS.
00:32:31 – BUT WE CAN'T BE COMPLACENT ABOUT
00:32:34 – THE GOALS, THEMSELVES.
00:32:39 – FOR IF WE DON'T CREATE
00:32:41 – OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL PEOPLE THAT
00:32:42 – THIS AFFECTION AND THE VISION
00:32:44 – THAT HAS STALLED OUR PROGRESS
00:32:49 – WILL ONLY SHARPEN IN YEARS TO
00:32:50 – COME.
00:32:51 – THERE'S A SECOND THREAT TO OUR
00:32:53 – DEMOCRACY AND THIS ONE IS AS OLD
00:32:57 – AS OUR NATION, ITSELF.
00:32:59 – AFTER MY ELECTION, THERE WAS
00:33:05 – TALK OF A POST-RACIAL AMERICA
00:33:07 – AND SUCH A VISION HOWEVER WELL
00:33:10 – INTENDED WAS NEVER REALISTIC.
00:33:15 – RACE REMAINS A POTENT AND
00:33:18 – OFFERING DIVISIVE COURSE IN OUR
00:33:19 – SOCIETY.
00:33:21 – NOW I'VE LIVED LONG ENOUGH TO
00:33:23 – KNOW THAT RACE RELATIONS ARE
00:33:25 – BETTER THAN THEY WERE TEN OR 20
00:33:28 – OR 30 YEARS AGO, NO MATTER WHAT
00:33:30 – SOME FOLKS SAY.
00:33:32 – YOU CAN SEE IT, NOT JUST IN
00:33:34 – STATISTICS, YOU SEE IT IN THE
00:33:36 – ATTITUDES OF YOUNG AMERICANS
00:33:39 – ACROSS THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM.
00:33:42 – BUT WE'RE NOT WHERE WE NEED TO
00:33:43 – BE.
00:33:49 – AND ALL OF US HAVE MORE WORK TO
00:33:50 – DO.
00:33:50 – IF EVERY ECONOMIC ISSUE IS
00:33:53 – FRAMED AS A STRUGGLE BETWEEN A
00:33:55 – HARD WORKING WHITE MIDDLE CLASS
00:34:01 – AND AN UNDESERVING MINORITY,
00:34:03 – THEN WORKERS OF ALL SHADES ARE
00:34:04 – GOING TO BE LEFT FIGHTING FOR
00:34:07 – SCRAPS WHILE THE THE WEALTHY
00:34:11 – WITHDRAW FURTHER INTO THEIR
00:34:20 – PRIVATE ENCLAVE.
00:34:22 – IF WE'RE UNWILLING TO INVEST IN
00:34:23 – THE CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANTS JUST
00:34:26 – BECAUSE THEY DON'T LOOK LIKE US,
00:34:28 – WE WILL DIMINISH THE PROSPECTS
00:34:30 – OF OUR OWN CHILDREN BECAUSE
00:34:31 – THOSE BROWN KIDS WILL REPRESENT
00:34:37 – A LARGER AND LARGER SHARE OF
00:34:48 – AMERICA'S WORK FORCE.
00:34:50 – AND WE HAVE SHOWN THAT OUR
00:34:53 – ECONOMY DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A
00:34:53 – ZERO SUM GAME.
00:34:56 – LAST YEAR INCOMES ROSE FOR ALL
00:35:02 – RACES, ALL AGE GROUPS, FOR MEN
00:35:03 – AND FOR WOMEN.
00:35:06 – SO WE'RE GOING TO BE SERIOUS
00:35:07 – ABOUT RACE GOING FORWARD, WE
00:35:11 – NEED TO UPHOLD LAWS AGAINST
00:35:12 – DISCRIMINATION IN HIRING AND IN
00:35:14 – HOUSING AND IN EDUCATION AND IN
00:35:16 – THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.
00:35:18 – >> THAT IS WHAT OUR CONSTITUTION
00:35:26 – AND OUR HIGHEST IDEALS REQUIRE.
00:35:31 – THE LAWS ALONE WON'T BE ENOUGH.
00:35:32 – HEARTS MUST CHANGE.
00:35:35 – THEY WON'T CHANGE OVERNIGHT.
00:35:38 – SOCIAL ATTITUDES OFTENTIMES TAKE
00:35:40 – GENERATIONS TO CHANGE, BUT IF
00:35:42 – OUR DEMOCRACY IS TO WORK THE WAY
00:35:46 – IT SHOULD IN THIS INCREASINGLY
00:35:49 – DIVERSE NATION, THEN EACH ONE OF
00:35:50 – US NEEDS TO TRY TO HEED THE
00:35:53 – ADVICE OF A GREAT CHARACTER IN
00:35:57 – AMERICAN FICTION, ATTICUS FINCH,
00:35:59 – WHO SAID, YOU NEVER REALLY
00:36:00 – UNDERSTAND A PERSON UNTIL YOU
00:36:02 – CONSIDER THINGS FROM HIS POINT
00:36:04 – OF VIEW, UNTIL YOU CLIMB INTO
00:36:08 – HIS SKIN AND WALK AROUND IN IT.
00:36:10 – FOR BLACKS AND OTHER MINORITY
00:36:12 – GROUPS, THAT MEANS TYING OUR OWN
00:36:15 – VERY REAL STRUGGLES FOR JUSTICE
00:36:17 – TO THE CHALLENGES THAT A LOT OF
00:36:20 – PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY FACE.
00:36:22 – NOT ONLY THE REASONABLE OR THE
00:36:24 – IMMIGRANT OR THE REAL POOR OR
00:36:26 – THE TRANSGENDER AMERICAN, BUT
00:36:29 – ALSO THE MIDDLE AGED WHITE GUY
00:36:31 – WHO FROM THE OUTSIDE MAY SEEM
00:36:34 – LIKE HE'S GOT ADVANTAGES, BUT
00:36:35 – HAS SEEN HIS WORLD UPENDED BY
00:36:38 – ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL AND
00:36:39 – TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE.
00:36:45 – WE HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION AND
00:36:53 – LISTEN.
00:36:55 – FOR WHITE AMERICANS, IT MEANSING
00:36:57 – A ONLY INNING THE EFFECTS OF
00:37:00 – SLAVERY AND JIM CROWE DIDN'T
00:37:03 – SUDDENLY VANISH IN THE '60s,
00:37:06 – THAT WHEN MINORITY GROUPS VOICE
00:37:08 – DISCONTENT, THEY'RE NOT JUST
00:37:10 – ENGAGING IN REVERSE RACISM OR
00:37:11 – PRACTICING POLITICAL
00:37:12 – CORRECTNESS, WHEN THEY WAGE
00:37:15 – PEACEFUL PROTESTS, THEY'RE NOT
00:37:16 – DEMANDING SPECIAL TREATMENT, BUT
00:37:18 – THE EQUAL TREATMENT THAT OUR
00:37:32 – FOUNDERS PROMISED.
00:37:39 – [ CHEERS ]
00:37:42 – FOR MANLY BORN AMERICANS, IT
00:37:44 – MEANS REMINDING OURSELVES ABOUT
00:37:46 – THE STORYIO TYPES OF IMMIGRANTSS
00:37:49 – TODAY WERE SAID ALMOST
00:37:50 – WORD-FOR-WORD ABOUT THE IRISH.
00:37:55 – AND ITALIANS, AND POLs, WHO IT
00:38:00 – WAS SAID WERE GOING TO DESTROY
00:38:02 – THE FUNDAMENTAL CHARACTER OF
00:38:03 – MARC.
00:38:05 – AS IT TURNS OUT, THE AMERICANS
00:38:07 – WEREN'T WEAKENED BY THE PRESENCE
00:38:09 – OF THESE NEWCOMERS.
00:38:11 – THESE NEWCOMERS EMBRACED THIS
00:38:12 – NATION'S CREED AND THIS NATION
00:38:17 – WAS STRENGTHENED.
00:38:22 – SO REGARDLESS OF THE STATION
00:38:25 – THAT WE OCCUPY, WE ALL HAVE TO
00:38:26 – TRY HARDER.
00:38:28 – WE ALL HAVE TO START WITH THE
00:38:31 – PREMISE THAT EACH OF OUR FELLOW
00:38:32 – CITIZENS LOVES THIS COUNTRY JUST
00:38:35 – AS MUCH AS WE DO, THAT THEY
00:38:38 – VALUE HARD WORK AND FAMILY JUST
00:38:41 – LIKE WE DO, THAT THEIR CHILDREN
00:38:42 – ARE JUST AS CURIOUS AND HOPEFUL
00:38:53 – AND WORTHY OF LOVE AS OUR OWN.
00:38:56 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:39:00 – AND THAT'S NOT EASY TO DO.
00:39:02 – FOR TOO MANY OF US, IT'S BECOME
00:39:06 – SAFE TORE RETREAT INTO OUR OWN
00:39:08 – BUBBLES, WHETHER IN OUR
00:39:10 – NEIGHBORHOODS OR ON COLLEGE
00:39:13 – CAMPUSES OR PLACES OF WORSHIP,
00:39:17 – OR ESPECIALLY OUR SOCIAL MEDIA
00:39:17 – FEEDS.
00:39:19 – SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE WHO LOOK
00:39:21 – LIKE US AND SHARE THE SAME
00:39:22 – POLITICAL OUTLOOK AND NEVER
00:39:29 – CHALLENGE OUR ASSUMPTIONS.
00:39:29 – IN THE RISE OF NAKED
00:39:31 – PARTISANSHIP, INCREASING
00:39:33 – ECONOMIC AND REGIONAL
00:39:35 – STRATIFICATION THE SPLINTERING
00:39:39 – OF OUR MEDIA INTO A CHANNEL FOR
00:39:42 – EVERY TASTE, ALL THIS MAKES THIS
00:39:44 – GREAT SORTING SEEM NATURAL.
00:39:46 – EVEN INEVITABLE.
00:39:48 – AND INCREASINGLY, WE BECOME SO
00:39:53 – SECURE IN OUR BUBBLES THAT WE
00:39:54 – START ACCEPTING ONLY
00:39:55 – INFORMATION, WHETHER IT'S TRUE
00:39:57 – OR NOT THAT FITS OUR OPINIONS.
00:39:59 – INSTEAD OF BASING OUR OPINIONS
00:40:04 – ON THE THAT EVIDENCE IS OUT
00:40:06 – THERE.
00:40:11 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:40:15 – AND THIS TREND REPRESENTS A
00:40:17 – THREAT TO OUR DEMOCRACY.
00:40:20 – POLITICS IS A BATTLE OF IDEAS.
00:40:22 – THAT'S HOW OUR DEMOCRACY WAS
00:40:23 – DESIGNED IN THE COURSE OF A
00:40:26 – HEALTHY DEBATE, WE PRIORITIZE
00:40:27 – DIFFERENT GOALS AND THE
00:40:31 – DIFFERENT MEANS OF REACHING
00:40:32 – THEM.
00:40:35 – BUT WITHOUT SOME COMMON BASELINE
00:40:37 – OF FACTS, WITHOUT A WILLINGNESS
00:40:41 – TO ADMIT NEW INFORMATION AND
00:40:44 – CONCEDE THAT YOUR OPPONENT MIGHT
00:40:47 – BE MAKING A FAIR POINT AND THAT
00:40:49 – SCIENCE AND REASON MATTER, THEN
00:40:51 – WE'RE GOING TO KEEP TALKING PAST
00:40:55 – EACH OTHER AND WE'LL MAKE COMMON
00:41:00 – GROUND AND COMPROMISE
00:41:02 – IMPOSSIBLE.
00:41:05 – AND ISN'T THAT PART OF WHAT SO
00:41:09 – OFTEN MAKES POLITICS DESPIRITED?
00:41:11 – HOW CAN ELECTION OFFICIALS RAGE
00:41:12 – ABOUT DEFICITS WHEN WE PROPOSE
00:41:14 – TO SPEND MONEY ON PRE SCHOOL FOR
00:41:17 – KIDS BUT NOT WHEN WE'RE CARRYING
00:41:19 – TAXES FOR CORPORATIONS.
00:41:22 – HOW DO WE EXCUSE ETHICAL LAMBSS
00:41:24 – IN OUR OWN PARTY BUT COUNTS WHEN
00:41:28 – THE OTHER PARTY DOES THE SAME
00:41:29 – THING?
00:41:33 – IT'S NOT JUST DISHONEST, THIS
00:41:34 – SELECTED SORTING OF THE FACE,
00:41:37 – IT'S SELF DEFEATING.
00:41:40 – BECAUSE AS MY MOM USED TO TELL
00:41:45 – ME, REALITY HAS A WAY OF
00:41:49 – CATCHING UP WITH YOU.
00:41:52 – TAKE THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE
00:41:54 – CHANGE, IN JUST EIGHT YEARS, WE
00:41:56 – HAVE OUR DEPENDENTS ON FOREIGN
00:41:57 – OIL.
00:41:58 – WE'VE DOUBLED OUR RENEWABLE
00:41:59 – ENERGY, WE'VE LED TO WORLD TO AN
00:42:00 – AGREEMENT THAT HAS THE PROMISE
00:42:12 – TO SAVE THIS PLANET.
00:42:15 – BUT WITHOUT BOLDER ACTION, OUR
00:42:16 – CHILDREN WON'T HAVE TIME TO
00:42:19 – DEBATE THE EXISTENCE OF CLIMATE
00:42:20 – CHANGE.
00:42:22 – THEY'LL BE BUSY DEALING WITH ITS
00:42:24 – EFFECTS, MORE ENVIRONMENTAL
00:42:25 – DISASTERS, MORE ECONOMIC
00:42:26 – DISRUPTIONS.
00:42:28 – WAVES OF CLIMATE REFUGEES
00:42:32 – SEEKING SANCTUARY.
00:42:34 – NOW WE CAN AND SHOULD ARGUE
00:42:38 – ABOUT THE BEST APPROACH TO SOLVE
00:42:40 – THE PROBLEM.
00:42:42 – BUT TO SIMPLY DESIGN THE
00:42:47 – PROBLEM, NOT ONLY DETRAYS FUTURE
00:42:49 – GENERATIONS, IT BETRAYS THE
00:42:50 – ESSENTIAL SPIRIT OF THIS
00:42:51 – COUNTRY.
00:42:52 – THE ESSENTIAL SPIRIT OF
00:42:54 – INNOVATION AND PRACTICAL PROBLEM
00:42:59 – SOLVING THAT GUIDED OUR FOUND
00:43:09 – ERS IT IS THAT SPIRIT BORN OF
00:43:12 – THE ENLIGHTENMENT THAT MADE US
00:43:15 – AN ECONOMIC POWER HOUSE.
00:43:17 – THE SPIRIT THAT TOOK FLIGHT AT
00:43:21 – KITTY HAWK AND CAPE CANAVERAL.
00:43:23 – THE SPIRIT THAT CURES DISEASE
00:43:29 – AND PUT A COMPUTER IN EVERY
00:43:30 – POCKET.
00:43:32 – IT'S THAT SPIRIT A. FAITH IN
00:43:33 – REASON AND ENTERPRISE AND THE
00:43:38 – PRIVACY OF RIGHT OVER MIGHT THAT
00:43:41 – ALLOWED US TO RESIST THE LURE OF
00:43:44 – FASCISM AND TYRANNY DURING THE
00:43:45 – GREAT DEPRESSION.
00:43:49 – >> THAT ALLOWED US TO BUILD A
00:43:50 – POST-WORLD WAR II ORDER WITH
00:43:52 – OTHER DEMOCRACY, AN ORDER BASED
00:43:56 – NOT JUST ON MILITARY POWER OR
00:43:58 – NATIONAL AFFILIATIONLES, BUT
00:44:00 – BUILT ON PRINCIPLES, THE RULE OF
00:44:01 – LAW.
00:44:02 – HUMAN RIGHTS, FREEDOM OF
00:44:05 – RELIGION AND SPEECH AND ASSEMBLY
00:44:15 – AND AN INDEPENDENT PRESS.
00:44:16 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:44:19 – THAT ORDER IS NOW BEING
00:44:20 – CHALLENGED.
00:44:22 – FIRST BY VIOLENT FANATICS WHO
00:44:25 – CLAIM TO SPEAK FOR ISLAM, MORE
00:44:28 – RECENTLY BY AUTOCRATS AND
00:44:30 – FOREIGN CAPITALS, WHO SEEK FREE
00:44:32 – MARKETS AND OPEN DEMOCRACIES AND
00:44:33 – CIVIL SOCIETY, ITSELF, AS A
00:44:37 – THREAT TO THEIR POWER.
00:44:41 – THE PERIL EACH POSES TO OUR
00:44:43 – DEMOCRACY IS MORE FAR REACHING
00:44:49 – THAN A CAR BOMB OR A MISSILE.
00:44:52 – THEY REPRESENT THE FEAR OF
00:44:53 – CHANGE, THE FEAR OF PEOPLE WHO
00:44:58 – LOOK OR SPEAK OR PLAY
00:44:58 – DIFFERENTLY.
00:45:00 – A CONTEMPT FOR RULE OF LAW THAT
00:45:05 – HOLDS LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE, AN
00:45:06 – INTOLERANCE OF THE SENATE AND
00:45:07 – FREE THOUGHT.
00:45:10 – A BELIEF THAT THE SWORD OR THE
00:45:13 – GUN OR THE BOMB OR THE
00:45:15 – PROPAGANDA MACHINE IS THE
00:45:19 – ULTIMATE ARBITER OF WHAT'S TRUE
00:45:21 – AND WHAT'S RIGHT.
00:45:23 – BECAUSE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY
00:45:24 – COURAGE OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN
00:45:26 – YOUTHFUL, BECAUSE OF OUR
00:45:27 – INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS AND LAW
00:45:32 – ENFORCEMENT AND DIPLOMATS WHO
00:45:36 – SUPPORT OUR TROOPS NO FOREIGN
00:45:37 – TERRORIST ORGANIZATION THAT
00:45:39 – SUCCESSFULLY PLANNED AND
00:45:41 – EXECUTED AN ATTACK ON OUR
00:45:49 – HOMELAND THESE PAST EIGHT YEARS.
00:45:54 – AND ALTHOUGH BOSTON AND ORLANDO
00:45:56 – AND SAN BERNARDINO AND FT. HOOD
00:45:59 – REMIND US OF HOW DANGEROUS
00:46:00 – RADICALIZATION CAN BE.
00:46:02 – OUR LAW ENFORCEm AGENCIES ARE
00:46:04 – MORE EFFECTIVE AND VIGIL THAN
00:46:05 – EVER.
00:46:06 – WE HAVE TAKEN OUT TENS OF
00:46:09 – THOUSANDS OF TERRORISTS,
00:46:13 – INCLUDING BIN LADIN.
00:46:14 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:46:16 – THE COALITION WE ARE LEADING
00:46:18 – AGAINST ISIL HAS TAKEN OUT THEIR
00:46:20 – LEADERS AND TAKEN AWAY ABOUT
00:46:22 – HALF THEIR TERRITORY.
00:46:23 – ISIL WILL BE DESTROYED AND NO
00:46:27 – ONE WHO THREATENS AMERICA WILL
00:46:28 – EVER BE SAFE.
00:46:30 – AND ALL WHO SERVE OR HAVE
00:46:32 – SERVED, IT HAS BEEN THE HONOR OF
00:46:34 – MY LIFETIME TO BE YOUR
00:46:35 – COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF.
00:46:40 – WHEN WE ALL OWE YOU A DEEP DEBT
00:46:44 – OF GRATITUDE.
00:47:00 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:47:02 – BUT PROTECTING OUR WAY OF LIFE,
00:47:07 – THAT'S NOT JUST THE JOB OF OUR
00:47:10 – MILITARY.
00:47:13 – DEMOCRACY CAN BUCKLE WHEN IT
00:47:15 – GIVES INTO FEAR.
00:47:19 – SO JUST AS WE AS CITIZENS MUST
00:47:23 – REMAIN VIGILANT AGAINST EXTERNAL
00:47:24 – AGGRESSION, WE MUST GUARD
00:47:26 – AGAINST A WEAKENING OF THE
00:47:32 – VALUES THAT MAKE US WHO WE ARE
00:47:33 – AND THAT'S WHY FOR THE PAST
00:47:35 – EIGHT YEARS, I'VE WORKED TO PUT
00:47:37 – THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM ON A
00:47:39 – FIRMER LEGAL FOOTING.
00:47:41 – THAT'S WHY WE'VE END THE
00:47:46 – TORTURE, WORK TO CLOSE GITMO,
00:47:48 – REFORMED OUR LAWS TO PROTECT
00:47:49 – PRIVACIES AND CIVIL LIBERTIES.
00:47:51 – THAT'S WHY I REJECT
00:47:54 – DISCRIMINATION AGAINST MUSLIM
00:47:56 – AMERICANS, WHO ARE JUST AS
00:48:17 – PATRIOTIC AS YOU ARE.
00:48:22 – THAT'S WHY WE CANNOT WITHDRAW.
00:48:26 – THAT'S WHY WE CANNOT WITHDRAW
00:48:29 – FROM BIG GLOBAL FIGHTS TO EXPAND
00:48:30 – DEMOCRACY AS HUMAN RIGHTS AND
00:48:33 – WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND LBGT RIGHTS,
00:48:36 – NO MATTER HOW IMPERFECT OUR
00:48:40 – EFFORTS, NO MATTER HOW EXPEDIENT
00:48:44 – IGNORING SUCH VALUES MAY SEEM,
00:48:47 – THAT'S PART OF DEFENDING
00:48:47 – AMERICA.
00:48:50 – FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST EXTREMISM
00:48:56 – AND INTOLERANCE AND SECTARIANISM
00:48:58 – AND CHAUVINISM, ARE THE PEACE
00:49:01 – WITH THE FIGHT AGAINST
00:49:06 – AUTHORITARIANISM AND NATIONALIST
00:49:07 – AGGRESSION.
00:49:08 – IF THE SCOPE OF FREEDOM AND
00:49:11 – RESPECT FOR THE RULE OF LAW
00:49:13 – SHRINKS AROUND THE WORLD, THE
00:49:15 – LIKELIHOOD OF WAR WITHIN AND
00:49:19 – BETWEEN NATIONS INCREASES.
00:49:20 – AND OUR OWN FREEDOMS WILL
00:49:25 – EVENTUALLY BE THREATENED.
00:49:28 – SO LET'S BE JINL ILL BUT NOT
00:49:29 – AFRAID.
00:49:33 – ISIL WILL TRY TO KILL INNOCENT
00:49:33 – PEOPLE.
00:49:35 – BUT THEY CANNOT DEFEAT AMERICA
00:49:36 – UNLESS WE BETRAY OUR
00:49:41 – CONSTITUTION AND OUR PRINCIPLES
00:49:47 – IN THE FIGHT RIVALS LIKE RUSSIA
00:49:49 – OR CHINA CANNOT MATCH OUR
00:49:52 – INFLUENCE AROUND THE WORLD
00:49:53 – UNLESS WE GIVE UP WHAT WE STAND
00:49:55 – FOR AND TURN OURSELVES INTO JUST
00:50:00 – ANOTHER BIG COUNTRY THAT BULLIES
00:50:03 – SMALLER NEIGHBORS.
00:50:08 – WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY FINAL
00:50:10 – POINT, OUR DEMOCRACY, OUR
00:50:12 – DEMOCRACY IS THREATENED WHENEVER
00:50:21 – WE TAKE IT FOR GRANTED.
00:50:23 – ALL OF US REGARDLESS OF PARTY
00:50:25 – SHOULD BE THROWING OURSELVES
00:50:31 – INTO THE TASK OF REBUILDING OUR
00:50:36 – DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS.
00:50:38 – WHEN VOTING RATES IN AMERICA ARE
00:50:41 – SOME OF THE LOWEST AMONG
00:50:42 – ADVANCED DEMOCRACIES, WE SHOULD
00:50:48 – BE MAKING IT EASIER, NOT HARDER,
00:50:51 – TO VOTE.
00:50:52 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:50:57 – WHEN, WHEN TRUST IN OUR
00:51:00 – INSTITUTIONS IS LOW, WE SHOULD
00:51:01 – REDUCE THE GROSS INFLUENCE OF
00:51:03 – MONEY IN OUR POLITICS AND INSIST
00:51:05 – ON THE PRINCIPLES OF
00:51:09 – TRANSPARENCY AND ETHICS AND
00:51:13 – PUBLIC SERVICE, WHEN CONGRESS IS
00:51:14 – DYSFUNCTIONAL, WE SHOULD DRAW
00:51:16 – OUR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS TO
00:51:19 – ENCOURAGE POLITICIANS TO CATER
00:51:24 – TO COMMON SENSE AND NOT RIDGE ID
00:51:27 – RIGID EXTREMES.
00:51:29 – BUT REMEMBER, NONE OF THIS
00:51:32 – HAPPENS ON ITS OWN.
00:51:37 – ALL OF THIS DEPENDS ON OUR
00:51:39 – PARTICIPATION, ON EACH OF US
00:51:40 – ACCEPTING THE RESPONSIBILITY OF
00:51:43 – CITIZENSHIP.
00:51:45 – , REGARDLESS OF WHICH WAY THE
00:51:46 – PENDULUM OF POWER HAPPENS TO BE
00:51:52 – SWINGING .
00:51:53 – OUR CONSTITUTION IS A
00:52:00 – REMARKABLE, BEAUTIFUL GIFT.
00:52:05 – BUT IT'S REALLY JUST A PIECE OF
00:52:05 – PARTCHMENT.
00:52:09 – IT HAS NO POWER ON ITS OWN.
00:52:13 – WE THE PEOPLE, GIVE IT POWER.
00:52:16 – WE, THE PEOPLE, GIVE IT MEANING
00:52:18 – WITH OUR PARTICIPATION AND WITH
00:52:23 – THE CHOICES THAT WE MAKE AND THE
00:52:25 – ALLIANCES THAT WE FORGE, WHETHER
00:52:27 – OR NOT WE STAND UP FOR OUR
00:52:28 – FREEDOMS.
00:52:28 – WHETHER OR NOT WE RESPECT AND
00:52:30 – ENFORCE THE RULE OF LAW.
00:52:35 – THAT'S UP TO US.
00:52:37 – AMERICA IS NO FRAGILE THING, BUT
00:52:41 – THE GAINS OF OUR LONG JOURNEY TO
00:52:45 – FREEDOM ARE NOT ASSURED.
00:52:48 – IN HIS OWN FAREWELL ADDRESS,
00:52:50 – GEORGE WASHINGTON WROTE THAT
00:52:52 – SELF GOVERNMENT IS THE
00:52:57 – UNDERPINNING OF OUR SAFETY,
00:52:58 – PROSPERITY AND LIBERTY.
00:53:01 – BUT FROM DIFFERENT CAUSES AND
00:53:03 – FROM DIFFERENT QUARTERS, MUCH
00:53:05 – PAINS WILL BE TAKEN TO WEAKEN IN
00:53:10 – YOUR MINDS THE CONVICTION OF
00:53:10 – THIS TRUTH.
00:53:13 – AND SO, WE HAVE TO PRESERVE THIS
00:53:16 – TRUTH WITH JEALOUS ANXIETY, THAT
00:53:18 – WE SHOULD REJECT THE FIRST
00:53:20 – DONNING OF EVERY ATTEMPT TO
00:53:22 – ALIENATE ANY PORTION OF OUR
00:53:25 – COUNTRY FROM THE REST.
00:53:27 – OR TO FEEBLE THE SACRED TIES
00:53:36 – THAT MAKE US ONE.
00:53:38 – >> AMERICA, WE WEAKEN THOSE TIE,
00:53:40 – WHEN WE ALLOW OUR POLITICAL
00:53:42 – DIALOGUE TO BECOME SO CORROSIVE
00:53:44 – THAT PEOPLE OF GOOD CHARTINGER
00:53:48 – ARE EACH WILLING TO ENTER INTO
00:53:50 – PUBLIC SERVICE.
00:53:53 – SO COARSE WITH RANCOR THE
00:53:55 – AMERICANS WITH WHO WE DISAGREE
00:54:02 – ARE SEEN AS MISGUIDED BUT MAIL
00:54:10
00:54:10 – MALEVOLENT.
00:54:11 – WE WEAKEN THOSE TIES WHEN WE
00:54:13 – WRITE OFF THE WHOLE SYSTEM AS
00:54:14 – INEVITABLY CORRUPT AND WHEN WE
00:54:18 – SIT BACK AND BLAME THE LEADERS
00:54:20 – WE ELECT WITHOUT EXAMINING OUR
00:54:33 – OWN ROLE IN ELECTING THEM.
00:54:33 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:54:36 – IT FALLS TO EACH OF US TO BE
00:54:41 – THOSE ANXIOUS, JEALOUS GUARDIANS
00:54:44 – OF OUR DEMOCRACY, TO EMBRACE THE
00:54:46 – JOYOUS TASK WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN,
00:54:48 – TO CONTINUALLY TRY TO IMPROVE
00:54:52 – THIS GREAT NATION OF OURS
00:54:56 – BECAUSE FOR ALL OUR OUTWARD
00:54:59 – DIFFERENCES, WE, IN FACT, ALL
00:55:02 – SHARE THE SAME PROUD TITLE.
00:55:09 – THE MOST IMPORTANT OFFICE IN A
00:55:15 – DEMOCRACY CITIZEN.
00:55:15 – CITIZEN.
00:55:19 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:55:22 – SO YOU SEE, THAT'S WHAT OUR
00:55:26 – DEMOCRACY DEMANDS.
00:55:26 – IT NEED YOU.
00:55:29 – NOT JUST WHEN THERE'S AN
00:55:32 – ELECTION, NOT JUST WHEN YOUR OWN
00:55:33 – NARROW INTEREST IS AT STAKE.
00:55:37 – BUT OVER THE FULL SPAN OF A
00:55:38 – LIFETIME.
00:55:39 – IF YOU'RE TIRED OF ARGUING WITH
00:55:43 – STRANGERS ON THE INTERNET TRY
00:55:48 – TALKING WITH ONE OF THEM IN REAL
00:56:00 – LIFE.
00:56:02 – IF SOMETHING NEEDS FIXING, THEN
00:56:08 – LACE UP YOUR SHOES AND DO SOME
00:56:12 – ORGANIZING.
00:56:12 – IF YOU'RE DISAPPOINTED BY YOUR
00:56:14 – ELECTED OFFICIALS, GRAB A
00:56:15 – CLIPBOARD, GET SOME SIGNATURES
00:56:26 – AND RUN FOR OFFICE, YOURSELF.
00:56:29 – SHOW UP.
00:56:31 – DIVE IN.
00:56:33 – STAY AT IT.
00:56:36 – SOMETIMES YOU'LL WIN.
00:56:40 – SOMETIMES YOU'LL LOSE.
00:56:42 – PRESUMING A RESERVOIR OF
00:56:43 – GOODNESS IN OTHER PEOPLE, THAT
00:56:44 – CAN BE A RISK AND THERE WILL BE
00:56:48 – TIMES WHEN THE PROCESS WILL
00:56:50 – DISAPPOINT YOU, BUT FOR THOSE OF
00:56:51 – US FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE BEEN
00:56:54 – A PART OF THIS WORK AND TO SEE
00:56:57 – IT UP CLOSE, LET ME TELL YOU, IT
00:57:01 – CAN ENERGIZE AND INSPIRE.
00:57:05 – AND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT, YOUR
00:57:07 – FAITH IN AMERICA AND IN
00:57:15 – AMERICANS WILL BE CONFIRMED.
00:57:16 – MINE SURE HAS BEEN.
00:57:20 – OVER THE COURSE OF THESE EIGHT
00:57:22 – YEARS, I HAVE SEEN THE HOPEFUL
00:57:24 – FACES OF YOUNG GRADUATES AND OUR
00:57:30 – NEWEST MILITARY OFFICERS.
00:57:33 – I HAVE MOURNED WITH GRIEVING
00:57:35 – FAMILIES SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS
00:57:38 – AND FOUND GRACE IN A CHARLESTON
00:57:39 – CHURCH.
00:57:41 – I'VE SEEN OUR SCIENTISTS HELP A
00:57:43 – PARALYZED MAN REGAIN HIS SENSE
00:57:44 – OF TOUCH.
00:57:49 – I'VE SEEN WOUNDED WARRIORS WHO
00:57:52 – AT POINTS WERE GIVEN UP FOR DEAD
00:57:54 – WALK AGAIN.
00:57:55 – I'VE SEEN OUR DOCTORS AND
00:57:57 – VOLUNTEERS REBUILD AFTER
00:58:00 – EARTHQUAKES AND STOP PANDEMICS
00:58:02 – IN THEIR TRACKS.
00:58:04 – I'VE SEEN THE YOUNGEST OF
00:58:06 – CHILDREN REMIND US THROUGH THEIR
00:58:08 – ACTIONS AND THROUGH THEIR
00:58:10 – GENEROSITY OF OUR OBLIGATIONS TO
00:58:14 – CARE FOR REFUGEES OR WORK FOR
00:58:18 – PEACE AND ABOVE ALL TO LOOK OUT
00:58:22 – FOR EACH OTHER.
00:58:23 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:58:25 – SO THAT FAITH THAT I'VE PLACED
00:58:27 – ALL THOSE YEARS AGO, NOT FAR
00:58:29 – FROM HERE, IN THE POWER OF
00:58:32 – ORDINARY AMERICANS TO BRING
00:58:33 – ABOUT CHANGE, THAT FAITH HAS
00:58:36 – BEEN REWARDED IN WAYS I COULD
00:58:38 – NOT HAVE POSSIBLY IMAGINED.
00:58:43 – AND I HOPE YOUR FAITH HAS TOO.
00:58:45 – SOME OF YOU WATCHING TONIGHT OR
00:58:47 – WATCHING AT HOME, YOU WERE THERE
00:58:56 – WITH US IN 2004 AND 2008, 2012.
00:58:58 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:59:00 – MAYBE YOU STILL CAN'T BELIEVE WE
00:59:04 – PULLED THIS WHOLE THING OFF.
00:59:06 – LET ME TALK TO YOU, YOU'RE NOT
00:59:12 – THE ONLY ONES.
00:59:24 – MICHELLE.
00:59:41 – [ APPLAUSE ]
00:59:46 – MICHELLE LEVON ROBINSON, GIRL OF
00:59:53 – THE SOUTH SIDE, FOR THE PAST 25
00:59:55 – YEARS, YOU HAVE NOT ONLY BEEN MY
00:59:59 – WIFE AND MOTHER OF MY CHILDREN,
01:00:07 – YOU HAVE BEEN MY BEST FRIEND.
01:00:10 – YOU TOOK ON A ROLE YOU DIDN'T
01:00:14 – ASK FOR AND YOU MADE IT YOUR
01:00:16 – OWN, WITH GRACE AND WITH GRIT
01:00:49 – AND WITH STYLE AND WITH HUMOR.
01:00:51 – YOU MADE THE WHITE HOUSE A PLACE
01:00:53 – THAT BELONGS TO EVERYBODY.
01:00:58 – AND A NEW GENERATION SETS ITS
01:00:59 – SIGHTS HIGHER BECAUSE IT HAS YOU
01:01:00 – AS A ROLE MODEL.
01:01:03 – SO YOU HAVE MADE ME PROUD AND
01:01:20 – YOU HAVE MADE THE COUNTRY PROUD.
01:01:24 – MALIA AND SASHA, UNDER THE
01:01:26 – STRANGEST OF CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU
01:01:28 – HAVE BECOME TWO AMAZING YOUNG
01:01:29 – WOMEN.
01:01:30 – ARE YOU SMART AND YOU ARE
01:01:31 – BEAUTIFUL BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY,
01:01:33 – ARE YOU KIND AND YOU ARE
01:01:38 – THOUGHTFUL AND YOU ARE FULL OF
01:01:48 – PASSION AND YOU ARE THE BURDEN
01:01:51 – OF YEARS IN THE SPOTLIGHT SO
01:01:51 – EASILY.
01:01:53 – OF ALL THAT I HAVE DONE IN MY
01:01:59 – LIFE, I AM MOST PROUD TO BE YOUR
01:02:11 – DAD.
01:02:20 – TO JOE BIDEN,
01:02:25 – [ APPLAUSE ]
01:02:30 – THE SCRAPPY KID FROM SCRANTON,
01:02:33 – WHO BECAME THE FAVORITE SON, YOU
01:02:34 – WERE THE FIRST DECISION I MADE
01:02:41 – AS A NOMINEE AND IT WAS THE
01:02:42 – BEST.
01:02:42 – [ APPLAUSE ]
01:02:46 – NOT JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN A
01:02:48 – GREAT VICE PRESIDENT, BUT
01:02:50 – BECAUSE I GAVE TO BROTHER, WE
01:02:51 – LOVE YOU AND JILL LIKE FAMILY
01:02:53 – AND YOUR FRIENDSHIP HAS BEEN ONE
01:03:00 – OF THE GREAT JOYS OF OUR
01:03:10 – LIFETIMES.
01:03:12 – SO MY REMARKABLE FAMILY, FOR
01:03:14 – EIGHT YEARS, FOR SOME OF YOU A
01:03:17 – WHOLE LOT MORE, I HAVE DRAWN
01:03:19 – FROM YOUR ENERGY AND EVERY DAY I
01:03:23 – TRY TO REFLECT BACK WHAT YOU'VE
01:03:27 – DISPLAYED, HEART, AND CHARACTER
01:03:30 – AND IDEALISM AND I WATCHED YOU
01:03:35 – GROW UP, GET MARRIED, HAVE KIDS,
01:03:39 – START INCREDIBLE NEW JOURNEYS OF
01:03:40 – YOUR OWN.
01:03:44 – EVEN WHEN TIMES GOT TOUGH AND
01:03:45 – FRUSTRATED, YOU NEVER LET
01:03:47 – WASHINGTON GET THE BETTER OF I.
01:03:50 – YOU GUARDED AGAINST CYNICISM.
01:03:52 – THE ONLY THING THAT MAKE
01:03:53 – MISEPROUDER THAN ALL THE GOOD
01:03:55 – THAT WE'VE DONE IS THE THOUGHT
01:03:56 – OF ALL THE AMAZING THINGS THAT
01:04:03 – YOU ARE GOING TO ACHIEVE FROM
01:04:11 – HERE.
01:04:13 – AND ALL OF YOU OUT THERE, EVERY
01:04:16 – ORGANIZER WHO MOVED TO AN
01:04:16 – UNFAMILIAR TOWN?
01:04:18 – EVERY CRIME FAMILY WHO WELCOMED
01:04:20 – THEM IN, EVERY VOLUNTEER WHO
01:04:24 – KNOCKED ON DOORS, EVERY YOUNG
01:04:27 – PERSON WHO CAST A BALLOT FOR THE
01:04:28 – FIRST TIME, EVERY AMERICAN WHO
01:04:29 – LIVED AND BREATHED THE HARD WORK
01:04:32 – OF CHANGE, YOU ARE THE BEST
01:04:33 – SUPPORTERS AND ORGANIZERS
01:04:35 – ANYBODY COULD EVER HOPE FOR AND
01:04:40 – I WILL BE FOREVER GRATEFUL.
01:04:44 – BECAUSE YOU DID CHANGE THE
01:04:45 – WORLD.
01:04:45 – YOU DID.
01:04:47 – AND THAT'S WHY I LOO EVERYBODY
01:04:50 – THIS STAGE TONIGHT, EVEN MORE
01:04:51 – OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THIS COUNTRY
01:04:55 – THAN WHEN WE STARTED.
01:04:56 – BECAUSE I KNOW OUR WORK HAS NOT
01:04:58 – ONLY HELPED SO MANY AMERICANS,
01:05:00 – IT HAS INSPIRED SO MANY
01:05:01 – AMERICANS, ESPECIALLY SO MANY
01:05:04 – YOUNG PEOPLE OUT THERE TO
01:05:07 – BELIEVE THAT CAN YOU MAKE A
01:05:10 – DIFFERENCE, TO HITCH YOUR WAGON
01:05:11 – TO SOMETHING BIGGER THAN
01:05:12 – YOURSELVES.
01:05:14 – LET ME TELL YOU, THIS GENERATION
01:05:16 – COMING UP, UNSELFISH,
01:05:19 – ALTRUISTIC, CREATIVE, PATRIOTIC.
01:05:22 – I'VE SEEN YOU IN EVERY CORNER OF
01:05:23 – THE COUNTRY.
01:05:26 – YOU BELIEVE IN A FAIR AND JUST
01:05:29 – AND INCLUSIVE AMERICAN.
01:05:31 – YOU KNOW THE CONSTANT CHANGE HAS
01:05:33 – BEEN AMERICA'S HALLMARK.
01:05:36 – THAT IT'S NOT SOMETHING TO FEAR,
01:05:37 – BUT SOMETHING TO EMBRACE.
01:05:40 – YOU ARE WILLING TO CARRY THIS
01:05:42 – HARD WORK OF DEMOCRACY FORWARD.
01:05:44 – YOU'LL SOON OUTNUMBER ALL OF US
01:05:46 – AND I BELIEVE AS THE RESULT, THE
01:05:58 – FUTURE IS IN GOOD HANDS.
01:06:01 – MY FELLOW AMERICANS, IT HAS BEEN
01:06:06 – THE HONOR OF MY LIFE TO SERVE
01:06:07 – YOU.
01:06:09 – I WON'T STOP.
01:06:10 – IN FACT, I WILL BE RIGHT THERE
01:06:16 – WITH YOU AS A CITIZEN FOR ALL MY
01:06:17 – REMAINING DAYS.
01:06:18 – BUT FOR NOW, WHETHER YOU ARE
01:06:20 – YOUNG OR WHETHER YOU ARE YOUNG
01:06:24 – AT HEART, I DO HAVE ONE FINAL
01:06:26 – ASK OF YOU AS YOUR PRESIDENT.
01:06:27 – THE SAME THING I ASKED WHEN YOU
01:06:30 – TOOK A CHANCE ON ME EIGHT YEARS
01:06:35 – AGO, I AM ASKING YOU TO BELIEVE
01:06:37 – NOT IN MY ABILITY TO BRING ABOUT
01:06:38 – CHANGE BUT IN YOURS.
01:06:43 – I AM ASKING YOU TO HOLD FAST TO
01:06:45 – THAT FAITH WRITTEN INTO OUR
01:06:47 – FINAL DOCUMENTS, THAT IDEAL
01:06:49 – WHISPER ABOUT SLAVES AND
01:06:51 – ABOLITIONISTS, THAT SPIRIT SUNG
01:06:53 – BY IMMIGRANTS AND HOMESTEADERS
01:06:55 – AND THOSE WHO MARCH FOR JUSTICE,
01:06:58 – THAT CREED, REAFFIRMED BY THOSE
01:07:00 – WHO PLANTED FLAGS FROM FOREIGN
01:07:03 – BATTLEFIELDS TO THE SURFACE OF
01:07:04 – THE MOON.
01:07:06 – CREATED DECOR OF EVERY AMERICAN
01:07:09 – WHOSE STORY IS NOT YET WRITTEN.
01:07:11 – YES, WE CAN.
01:07:17 – IF WE DID, IF WE CAN, THANK YOU,
01:07:18 – G** BLESS YOU.
01:07:24 – MAY G** CONTINUE TO BLESS THE
01:07:27 – UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
01:07:28 – THANK YOU.
01:07:28 – >> Reporter: PRESIDENT OBAMA
01:07:30 – ENDING ON THE MANTRA THAT
01:07:31 – CARRIED HIM INTO OFFICE EIGHT
01:07:33 – YEARS AGO, YES, WE CAN, SPEAKING
01:07:37 – TO A PACKED CROWD, HERE AT
01:07:38 – McCORMICK PLACE CONVENTION
01:07:40 – CENTER IN CHICAGO.
01:07:42 – HIS OFFICIAL FAREWELL SPEECH.
01:07:42 – LOOKING ON.
01:07:44 – THE FIRST LADY, MICHELLE OBAMA,
01:07:45 – WHO BOUGHT THE THE BIGGEST
01:07:47 – APPLAUSE OF THE NIGHT.
01:07:50 – ALSO VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN
01:07:51 – AND DR. JILL BIDEN.
01:07:54 – WHO HE SINGLED OUT AS DEEP AND
01:07:56 – CLOSE AND PERSONAL FRIENDS AND
01:07:59 – PARTNER CALLING VICE PRESIDENT
01:08:00 – BIDEN A BROTHER.
01:08:02 – HERE'S THE FIRST LADY AND MALIA
01:08:06 – OBAMA NOW JOINING THE PRESIDENT
01:08:10 – ON STAGE.
01:08:11 – DR. BIDEN.
01:08:14 – AND VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN.
01:08:16 – COMING UP TO THANK THE
01:08:17 – PRESIDENT.
01:08:18 – KRISTEN WELKER IS WITH ME.
01:08:20 – HE HAS BEEN WATCHING THIS
01:08:21 – SPEECH.
01:08:23 – KRISTEN, THIS WAS A, IT SEEMED
01:08:24 – LIKE A SPEECH LAYING THE SEED
01:08:27 – FOR A PRESIDENT WHO IS GOING TO
01:08:28 – BECOME, CONTINUE TO BE VERY
01:08:30 – ACTIVE IN TRYING TO SUPPORTED
01:08:31 – HIS PORT AND THESE IDEALS.
01:08:32 – >> I THINK ARE YOU RIGHT,
01:08:34 – LESTER, HE ENDED ON THAT NOTE,
01:08:36 – YES, WE K. THIS WAS AS YOU WOULD
01:08:38 – EXPECT A DEFENSE OF HIS LEGACY,
01:08:40 – BUT IT WAS ALSO A CALL TO ACTION
01:08:41 – TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AND I
01:08:43 – THINK TO HIS SUCCESSOR, TO
01:08:44 – DEFEND THIS DEMOCRACY.
01:08:47 – HE TALKED ABOUT HOW FRAGILE THE
01:08:48 – NATION'S DEMOCRACY IS.
01:08:50 – I THOUGHT ONE OF THE MOST
01:08:52 – POIGNANT MOMENTS WAS WITH
01:08:52 – PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP.
01:08:54 – HE SAID NO THE KEY TO OUR
01:08:56 – DEMOCRACY IS A PEACEFUL
01:08:57 – TRANSITION.
01:08:58 – >> CHUCK TODD IS WATCHING ALONG
01:08:59 – IN NEW YORK.
01:09:00 – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS HERE?
01:09:02 – YOU HEAR THE PRESIDENT THANKING
01:09:04 – HIS STAFF, THANKING AMERICA.
01:09:06 – >> I THINK WE NEED TO FOCUS ON
01:09:07 – THE CONTENT.
01:09:10 – IT'S A REMARKABLE MOMENT IN OUR
01:09:11 – HISTORY.
01:09:12 – IT UNDERSCORES THE TUMULTUOUS
01:09:14 – TIMES WE LIVE IN, THE PRESIDENT
01:09:15 – THE OUTGOING PRESIDENT, FELT THE
01:09:18 – NEED TO USE HIS FAREWELL ADDRESS
01:09:19 – TO NOT JUST MAKE THE CASE ARE
01:09:21 – FOR DEMOCRACY TO HEAR, BUT TO
01:09:22 – REMAKE THE CASE FOR DEMOCRACY
01:09:24 – FOR AMERICANS TO HEAR.
01:09:26 – I THINK THAT WAS, IN PART,
01:09:27 – OBVIOUSLY A RESPONSE TO WHAT WE
01:09:29 – ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW IN OUR
01:09:32 – POLITICS BUT ALSO AN ATTEMPT TO
01:09:35 – SEEFB AS SERVE AS A BEACON FOR
01:09:37 – THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY GOING
01:09:39 – FORWARD AND HIS SUPPORTERS GOING
01:09:40 – FORWARD.
01:09:42 – THAT'S WHY HE ENDED UP ON THIS
01:09:43 – NOTE.
01:09:43 – LET'S NOT FORGET THE MEAT OF
01:09:44 – THIS SPEECH.
01:09:46 – THIS WAS IN MANY CASES THE
01:09:48 – PRESIDENT LAMENTING THE STATE OF
01:09:50 – OUR DEMOCRACY RIGHT NOW IN HIS
01:09:51 – FAREWELL ADDRESS.
01:09:52 – >> PRESIDENT OBAMA KNEW THAT
01:09:56 – JANUARY 20th, 2017, WOULD COME.
01:09:57 – HE DIDN'T KNOW TWO HE WOULD BE
01:09:58 – HANDING THE KEYS OVER TO, OF
01:10:00 – COURSE, UNTIL THE LAST ELECTION.
01:10:01 – I SAT DOWN WITH THE PRESIDENT
01:10:03 – HERE IN CHICAGO JUST ABOUT AN
01:10:04 – HOUR-AND-A-HALF AGO.
01:10:06 – AND I ASKED HIM ABOUT THE
01:10:08 – RESULTS OF THAT ELECTION AND HIS
01:10:08 – REACTION.
01:10:11 – HERE'S PART OF OUR EXCHANGE.
01:10:13 – >> TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED THAT
01:10:14 – NIGHT WATCHING THOSE RESULTS
01:10:15 – WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT DONALD
01:10:18 – TRUMP IS GOING TO WIN.
01:10:20 – WAS THERE AN UNVARNISHED BARACK
01:10:21 – OBAMA AT THAT MOMENT?
01:10:25 – >> YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS
01:10:26 – JUST SURPRISE.
01:10:32 – YOU KNOW, GENERALLY SPEAKING,
01:10:36 – NOT JUST ME BUT MY TEAM HAD BEEN
01:10:40 – PRETTY GOOD AT SEEING SOMETHING
01:10:41 – COMING.
01:10:41 – AND PARTLY BECAUSE JUST THE
01:10:43 – POLLING WAS SO OFF.
01:10:47 – THE DATA WAS OFF.
01:10:47 – THAT WAS A SURPRISE.
01:10:49 – YOU THOUGH, I THINK THE
01:10:50 – PRESIDENT-ELECT WOULD BE THE
01:10:51 – FIRST TO ACKNOWLEDGE HE DIDN'T
01:10:54 – RUN A CONVENTION ALE CAMPAIGN.
01:10:56 – AND IT'S NOT CLEAR THAT HE OR
01:11:00 – HIS TEAM THOUGHT THEY WERE GOING
01:11:01 – TO WIN.
01:11:11 – AND SO, SO I THINK MORE THAN
01:11:11 – ANYTHING, IT WAS JUST ADVISE.
01:11:13 – >> — SURPRISE.
01:11:14 – >> HE TALKED THE NEXT DAY HE HAD
01:11:16 – TO GO IN AND TALK TO HIS STAFF.
01:11:18 – AND HE HAS TRY ID TO TAKE THE
01:11:19 – HIGH ROAD IN THIS.
01:11:21 – BUT HE'S CLEARLY HURTING.
01:11:22 – >> HE IS.
01:11:24 – YOU COULD SEE HIM FEEL THAT AND
01:11:25 – EXPRESS THAT IN HIS RESPONSE TO
01:11:27 – YOU THERE, LESTER, WHICH IS
01:11:28 – REALLY STRIKING.
01:11:31 – HE HAS TALKED ABOUT THE DAY
01:11:33 – AFTER ELECTION, A PEACEFUL
01:11:34 – TRANSITION.
01:11:35 – HE HAS INSTRUCTED HIS WHITE
01:11:37 – HOUSE TEAM TO MAKE SURE THAT, IN
01:11:38 – FACT, HAPPENS.
01:11:40 – WE KNOW THIS THE A CHALLENGE FOR
01:11:40 – HIM.
01:11:42 – AND THAT WAS PRESENT IN HIS
01:11:44 – REMARKS THIS EVENING WHEN HE
01:11:46 – CALLED ON NOT ONLY THIS CROWD
01:11:48 – BUT THE NATION'S SUCCESSOR TO
01:11:50 – REJECT HYPER PARTISANSHIP.
01:11:52 – TO REJECT DISCRIMINATION IN ALL
01:11:54 – OF ITS FORMS.
01:11:56 – HE REFERENCED MUSLIMS.
01:11:56 – >> THAT IS A CLEAR COUNTER TO
01:11:58 – SOME OF THE RHETORIC WE WE HEARD
01:11:59 – ON THE CANE TRAIL.
01:12:01 – YOU CAN BET, THOUGH, HE WILL
01:12:04 – REMAIN ENGAGED.
01:12:06 – >> CHUCK TODD WHEN WE WERE ON
01:12:08 – THE SET ON ELECTION NIGHT, WHEN
01:12:08 – IT WAS CLEAR THAT HILLARY
01:12:10 – CLINTON WAS GOING DOWN TO
01:12:10 – DEFEAT.
01:12:11 – I THINK YOU POSED THE QUESTION
01:12:14 – TO THE PANEL, WHO NOW BECOMES
01:12:15 – THE LEADER OF THE DEMOCRATIC
01:12:17 – PARTY?
01:12:18 – WATCHING PRESIDENT OBAMA, HOW
01:12:19 – STRONG WILL HE COME TO REBUILD
01:12:21 – THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN.
01:12:23 – >> LOOK, HE IS THE ANIMATING
01:12:24 – FORCE INSIDE THE DEMOCRATIC
01:12:25 – PARTY.
01:12:26 – HE IS THE GUY THAT CAN CONVENE
01:12:28 – FOLKS AND ORGANIZE THE PARTY.
01:12:30 – I THINK HE, I THINK HE IS
01:12:31 – RELUCTANT TO HAVE TO BE THE
01:12:33 – LEADER GOING FORWARD, BUT IT'S
01:12:34 – MY UNDERSTANDING HE REALIZES
01:12:36 – THAT THERE IS REALLY NOBODY ELSE
01:12:38 – RIGHT NOW THAT IT'S A PLACE
01:12:40 – HOLDER, BUT THAT HE HAS GOT TO
01:12:41 – FILL THIS VACUUM.
01:12:43 – YOU GOT TO BE CAREFUL HERE.
01:12:45 – YOU DON'T WANT TO OVER — YOU
01:12:46 – DON'T WANT TO GET TOO INVOLVED
01:12:47 – THERE THERE IS A FINE LINE YOU
01:12:49 – WALK AS A FORMER PRESIDENT DOING
01:12:49 – THAT.
01:12:50 – I THINK HE IS ACCEPTING.
01:12:52 – I THINK TONIGHT'S SPEECH IS A
01:12:53 – PART OF THAT.
01:12:54 – SHE ACCEPTING THIS IDEA THAT HE
01:12:57 – IS NOW AND STILL HAS TO REMAIN
01:12:59 – THE LEADER OF THE DEMOCRATIC
01:12:59 – PARTY.
01:13:01 – >> HE, OF COURSE, NOTED THE
01:13:02 – PEACEFUL TRANSFER OF POWER THAT
01:13:03 – IS ABOUT TO TAKE PLACE IN THIS
01:13:04 – COUNTRY.
01:13:05 – WE WILL HEAR FROM
01:13:06 – PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP AND HIS
01:13:07 – VISION PERHAPS A BIT MORE
01:13:09 – TOMORROW IN HIS FIRST NEWS
01:13:11 – CONFERENCE SINCE HIS ELECTION.
01:13:13 – >>> A PROGRAMING NOTE, WE HOPE
01:13:16 – YOU WILL JOIN US FRIDAY INTO THE
01:13:20 – AT 10:00/9:00 CENTRAL, WITH MY
01:13:20 – EXTENDED INTERVIEW.
01:13:22 – YOU SAW SOME OF IT THOUGH AND
01:13:24 – TOMORROW MORNING FOR
01:13:25 – PRESIDENT-ELECT TRUMP'S FIRST
01:13:26 – NEWS CONFERENCE SINCE WINNING


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