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Twitter explodes with warmth over Obama’s farewell speech

  • January 11 21:25 PM
Twitter explodes with warmth over Obama’s farewell speech

It was pouring in Chicago. Not because it rained from the sky but because President Barack Obama’s heart-warming farewell speech left the crowd, his family, friends and people across the US overwhelmed. Even twitter could feel the tears! We still can’t believe that Obama’s tenure as the President of the United States has come to an end. Just 10 days away from handing over the power to president-elect Donald Trump, Obama raised many issues gnawing at the largest democracy in the world. 

Twitter explodes

Obama spoke about America’s growth during his tenure and his hopes for the country’s future. Writer Stephen King tweeted, “Hope you enjoyed Obama's speech. You won't hear anything so cogent and kind for a long time. So, with complete sincerity: Thanks, Obama.”

While Kathy Bates said, “So grateful to you @POTUS for all you have done for us these last 8 years! Your dignity and strength. God Bless you and your family”, Jordan Peele echoed the nation’s thought by tweeting, “We have a lot of work to do to earn you, @POTUS.”  Host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted. “BarackObama I love you more than I have space on Twitter to describe. #ObamaFarewell.”

Celebs overwhelmed

Many celebs could not control their tears, and they did not try to hide them on social media. Be it via memes or photos, many stars said in so many words how much they will miss Obama as the President. Gabrielle Union tweeted, “Already crying. Love my president”.  Jay Pharoah, while using weep emoticon, tweeted, “I will miss @Barackobama so much he has a big heart, represents everything that is America, and has limitless compassion for the people.” While using a picture of weeping Oprah, Zendaya  tweeted, “Me watching my president Obama's farewell address tonight...I'm not gonna be able to do it y'all...”

However, Patton Oswalt took a jibe at Trump by saying, “This #ObamaFarewell is beautiful. The love. Could Trump soak up all this warmth?” George Takei too has similar thoughts, “Watching Obama's final address, and realizing how very, very far we are about to descend. Farewell, O Captain my Captain! Heavens save us.”

For the first lady, and kids

It was enough for Obama to say Michelle before the crowd showered the first lady with standing ovation. “You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humour… And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model.” He also told his daughters: “Of all that I have done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad.” While Malia was by her mom’s side, Sasha Obama was absent from the ceremony as she had an exam the next morning. After President Obama welled up praising his wife, Michelle sent a touching tweet reciprocating the love. “So proud of @POTUS and all that we've accomplished together. An incredible journey filled with remarkable people. I love you Barack,” she wrote alongside a photo of the Obama family at the start of his administration.

And the bromance continues…

In his final speech as president, Obama said of Joe Biden: “To Joe Biden, the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware’s favourite son: you were the first decision 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.” Biden was visibly moved by Obama’s words but reacted in a typically Biden-esque way... he unholstered the finger-pistol one final time.