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Goodbye, Mr. President: #ObamaFarewell Was One Emotional Rollercoaster

My president is black, my lambo...is....is....*cries*

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Each day we're getting closer and closer to January 20, the day of which Donald Trump will become President of the United States and President Barack Obama will conclude his second term in office.

On Tuesday night, President Obama gave a final presidential address in his beloved Chicago. #ObamaFarewell was it. Life as we know it is coming to an end. For lots of people around our age, President Obama is really the only modern president tha we have, so this is honestly, truly hard. As the president took to the stage, the crowd chanted "four more years," because what else could we ask for? 

Everyone gathered on their TLs like. 

POTUS had time during his farewell address to pull all the receipts. He was like...

Photo: Giphy

Barry O ran down his list of accomplishments including restoring the economy, low unemployment rates, the Affordable Care Act, growth in the area of climate change, same-sex marriage and much more. 

In what may have been his most-candid remarks on race, he kept it as real as ever has before. He got off some hot-takes like "Brown kids will represent a larger and larger share of America's workforce" and "The effects of slavery and Jim Crow didn't suddenly vanish in the '60s." It was amazing to hear this coming from him, this bold.

The president kept it real saying "science and reason matter," and that future generations won't have a chance to even argue about climate change anymore! 

He never referred to the President-elect by name but made several allusions to some of the sentiments the Trump campaign has stirred up in America, as well as the amount of "fake news" that has been perpetuated, as well as internet trolls. 

Then he addressed Michelle and that was the moment we everyone's allergies collectively got the best of them.

Name a greater first couple! Name a greater first lady!

Then his eldest daughter Malia put us all in our feelings. (Sasha was doing teenage things like studying for a final exam).

And we can't forget about when he talked about how our Uncle Joe Biden was his brother.

He ended the address just like he started his campaign. "Yes we can." "Yes we did."

After the speech went off, everyone was just in shock.

What do we do next!? 

And we don't want to hear any criticisms while we're mourning!

For those of you who don't know why this is important outside of politics, just know that representation matters.

In case you missed it, you can watch the full speech below:

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Trey Mangum is Associate Edtior at Blavity and Shadow & Act. Follow him on Twitter @treymangum or email him at trey@blavity.com
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