After serving two long Presidency terms, Barack Obama delivered his final speech on January 10, 2017, which touched the hearts of everybody who heard it. His speech was all about hope and various accomplishments of his two presidency terms.
Eight years back when he took the stage, he addressed the nation as the newly elected President of the country. Once again he got on the same stage on Tuesday Night to address the nation for the last time.
Ever since Obama came into power, the list of accomplishments has spread over various fields and social changes and causes. Right from marriage equality to ensuring there was a consistent job growth and even healthcare expansion to normalizing the relationships with Cuba, Obama has put in a lot of efforts to bring about a positive change in United States.
Aside from highlighting his accomplishments, he also urged the US Citizens to uphold the values of America. He also stated that whenever anybody took the Citizens of America for granted, it was a threat to their democracy. He also went on to say that the various challenges have to be set so that the United States could maintain its position of being the most respected, powerful and wealthiest nations in the world.
It was not just Obama’s speech that had managed to touch our hearts; if we look back in history, we will find several leaders whose speeches were not just words but a lot more than that. The list may be never-ending, however, we have picked a few names from different eras and summarized in our own way the highlights of their speech and the impact it had on people who heard it.
Let us have a look at some of the names in the list.
Conan O’Brien’s Farewell speech in 2010
When Conan O Brian finally said goodbye to the popular American Talk show – The Tonight Show, his speech was heartfelt and classy. This was one of the hardest moves he had to make since he loved being a part of that show. The way his speech was delivered gave people a chance to learn so much from him about how he was as a presenter who was natural and true. It also connected with everybody who was not just present in the studio but even those who were sitting at home.
Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell speech in 1961
Dwight D. Eisenhower, the President of the United States during the 1950’s, did not just say goodbye. Instead, he went on to warn the nation about the various dangers that could come with the military industrial complex. In his speech, he even referred to the relation between the government, the armed forces and those who supplied war materials. He understood that the corporate and political corruption could be a result of the unawareness of the public.
Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech in 1939
In 1939, Lou Gehrig’s delivered his farewell speech at the Yankee Stadium when he had to quit the Yankees team because he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. His speech was also known as the Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth speech.
George Washington’s farewell speech in 1784
George Washington’s speech was delivered in front of the Continental Congress after the revolutionary had come to its end. His speech touched the people so much that they all wept. Even while he was addressing, the whole house could feel his agitation just by listening to the sound of his voice which sunk and faltered.