US PRESIDENT Barack Obama had to quell the boos of a raucous crowd when he made an oblique reference to incoming president Donald Trump during his final speech to the nation.
Speaking in Chicago, Mr Obama said America would “witness a hallmark of our democracy” in 10 days, referring to the Republican President-elect’s inauguration on January 20.
The mention of Mr Trump caused a wave of boos from the adoring crowd.
“No, no, no,” Mr Obama interrupted.
“The peaceful transfer of power from one freely elected president to the next, I committed to President-elect Trump my administration would ensure the smoothest transition, just as President Bush did for me.
“Because it’s up to all of us to make sure our government can help us meet the many challenges we still face. We have everything we need to meet those challenges. After all, we remain the wealthiest, most powerful and most respected nation on Earth. Our youth, our drive, our diversity and openness, our boundless capacity for risk and reinvention means that the future should be ours. But that potential will only be realised if our democracy works. Only if our politics better reflects the decency of our people.”
The 44th president, who is preparing to leave the White House, began his speech on Tuesday night, US time, by saying, “It’s good to be home.
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