In less than two weeks, US President Barack Obama will leave the White House after eight years. Last night, he delivered his farewell address to the nation from his hometown of Chicago: “Tonight it’s my turn to say thanks.”

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Last night (Tuesday), US President Barack Obama bid farewell to the American nation. Obama chose to deliver his speech from his hometown of Chicago. “My fellow Americans, Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well-wishes that we’ve received over the past few weeks,” Obama said. “But tonight it’s my turn to say thanks. […] You made me a better president, and you made me a better man.”

“So that’s what we mean when we say America is exceptional,” continued Obama. “Not that our nation has been flawless from the start but that we have shown the capacity to change and make life better for those who follow.”

“The work of democracy has always been hard,” added Obama. “It has been contentious. Sometimes it has been bloody. For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back. But the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion, a constant widening of our founding creed to embrace all, and not just some.”

Obama also commented on ISIS during his speech by referring to the murderous terrorist organization by one of its acronyms: “The global coalition we’re leading against ISIL has taken out their leaders and taken away about half their territory. ISIL will be destroyed. And no one who threatens America will ever be safe.”