Outgoing United States President Barack Obama made an emotional tribute to First Lady Michelle Obama during his final address to the nation in Chicago on Tuesday, January 10.
Obama literally broke down following his passionate acknowledgement of his wife of 25 years.
“Michelle, for the past twenty-five years, you have not only been my wife and mother of my children; you have been my best friend.”
Sitting in the first row of the crowd, Michelle and their elder daughter, Malia, shed tear as the president spoke.
“You took on a role you didn’t ask for and you made it your own with grace and with grit and with style and good humor,” Obama said.
“You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody.”
Obama also praised his daughters for becoming “amazing” young women even as they “wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily.”
“Of all that I’ve done in my life, I’m most proud to be your dad,” Obama said.
Obama also gushed over Vice President Biden, who sat with his wife, Jill, alongside the president’s family.
“You were the first choice I made as a nominee, and the best,” Obama told Biden. “Not just because you have been a great vice president, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother.
“We love you and Jill like family, and your friendship has been one of the great joys of our life,” he continued.
Obama got a hug from Malia on stage after the speech, and then got another from Biden.
Obama will officially leave office as head of state after his successor, President-elect Donald Trump, is sworn on January 20.
Trump will be America’s 45th President.