In an emotional speech in Austin, Texas, President Barack Obama gave his final public speech as president.
The remarks were delivered before he was to leave for the weekend and, as the nation’s first African American president, he made no mention of the legacy he has left behind.
I want you to be aware of the impact of this election on you, my family, our country, and the people of the United States. “
I hope you are enjoying the weekend.
I want you to be aware of the impact of this election on you, my family, our country, and the people of the United States.
You have done something no president in modern history has done.
You have created a momentous moment.
And this is how I want to spend the rest of my life: to continue to work with you, to keep working with you and to keep moving the country forward.”
As he finished his speech, the crowd broke into a standing ovation.
Obama’s farewell address will be broadcast on television on Friday night and streamed live on YouTube, and there will be an hour-long webcast later on Friday.
It was his first time addressing the nation, and he said he had not anticipated the magnitude of the emotion and the magnitude the moment he had given.
The White House said Obama had “not seen a better or more beautiful evening of celebration in a long time”.
The president had earlier been joined by first lady Michelle Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, as well as the first lady’s family.
Obama’s wife, Michelle, said she had been waiting for a long while for her husband to be able to make his remarks.
She said: We are in a special place in the history of this nation.
“He’s the first African-American president of the US, the first who was elected and the first American to be elected to the highest office in the land.
This is the best day of my presidency.
“We will continue to do everything in our power to help our fellow Americans overcome the challenges of the coming days and to build a brighter future for all Americans.””
Obama also made a plea for the United Nations to continue its mission of combating the spread of the Zika virus. “
We will continue to do everything in our power to help our fellow Americans overcome the challenges of the coming days and to build a brighter future for all Americans.”
Obama also made a plea for the United Nations to continue its mission of combating the spread of the Zika virus.
He said: The threat to the world is real and it will continue.
We can’t afford to sit back and let the world slide backwards into isolation and despair.
In the wake of the deaths of three US scientists, President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in the US and directed the federal government to increase resources to fight the virus.
The President said the US would increase the number of personnel on its Ebola response teams by 500 people.
Trump also ordered an increase in the number and funding of National Guard troops, adding that the military would be redeployed to a new base in Georgia.
Earlier in the day, Trump tweeted: “I am sending a team of 100 military professionals to fight Zika.
This will be the biggest fight of our lives.
More troops, more funding, and a bigger, better response will help the United State fight this pandemic.”