by Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News
As the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, bids the world goodbye in a farewell speech in Chicago on Tuesday, January 10 — people from around the world took a moment on a YouTube video to share their most memorable moments with the first African-American president of the States.
It all started with Obama’s most famous campaign chant, which he said proved to the world that “Yes, We Can” create progress.
“We’ve been told we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try — that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of the people: yes we can, yes we can,” Obama said back in 2008.
“You felt the first three words of the constitution, ‘We The People’ — it was one of those first times in my life that I was really part of that ‘We,'” said TV actress star Kerry Washington.
Other celebrities shared their special moments with the President.
“Knocking on the Oval Office window, I would say that would probably be the peak of my entire existence,” said Jerry Seinfeld.
“When I was at the UN, and I heard the President say that climate change is the most important issue facing not only this generation, but all future generations, it was inspiring,” said Leonardo DiCaprio.
“I never cried before from an election result,” said singer John Legend.
From the Affordable Care Act, to LGBT rights, the YouTube video showcased Obama’s achievements and legacy after eight years in office.
Instead of the traditional Oval Office farewell speech, President Obama decided to fly to his adopted hometown Chicago, because he said that’s where it all started.
“I’ll be thinking back to being a young community organizer, pretty much fresh out of school, and feeling as if my faith in America’s build-it, to bring about change in our democracy has been vindicated,” Obama said.
President Obama will bid the nation goodbye at 8pm central, or 9 PM eastern time, at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.