President Obama Delivers Optimistic, Emotional Farewell Address

President Obama Delivers Optimistic, Emotional Farewell Address

Watch the full speech here.

Watch the full speech here.

Text: William Defebaugh

If President Barack Obama will be remembered for anything—aside from the strides he made with health care and social equality, taking out Osama bin Laden, and conserving more land than any other president in our history—it will be his eloquent, impactful speeches. Last night was no different when he gave his farewell address to the nation.

"I'm asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours," Obama said in his speech, which was characterized by the president's unyielding optimism (albeit, with an undertone of warning for the future). He covered topics ranging from marriage equality to the friendship he found in Vice President Joe Biden. Among the most heartfelt moments, though, was when he paid tribute to his wife Michelle, bringing the President (and most viewers) to tears.

"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."

Watch the full address via NBC News below.

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