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“Tonight, it’s my turn to say thanks,” began Obama, promising “the peaceful transfer of power from one freely elected president to the next.”
“To all who serve, it has been the honor of my lifetime to be your commander in chief,” he told the crowd. “Yes we can, yes we did.”
Hollywood took to Twitter to thank the POTUS and say goodbye — and add in a few jabs at the president-elect. Twitter users also noticed the absence of daughter Sasha Obama, as only Malia Obama was shown in the audience and on stage, with first lady Michelle Obama, after the speech concluded.
During his speech, Obama spoke of being a father, directing the moment at Malia Obama in the audience: “Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women. You are smart and you are beautiful but more importantly, you are kind and you are thoughtful — and you are full of passion. And bore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad.”
Despite the theories, which sparked a #whereissasha trending movement, a senior administration official said Sasha Obama, a high school sophomore, missed the speech because she had an exam the following morning and stayed in Washington, D.C..
See all the reactions to Obama’s speech, as well as the missing Sasha Obama, below.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 11, 2017
Yes we can. Yes we did. @POTUS
— Gina Rodriguez (@HereIsGina) January 11, 2017
YES WE CAN #obamafarewell
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 11, 2017
We have a lot of work to do to earn you, @POTUS
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) January 11, 2017
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 11, 2017
“You were the change.” I love that. Yes, we were. Yes, we are. #ObamaFarewell
— Maria Shriver (@mariashriver) January 11, 2017
#ObamaFarewell dropping technology/automation econ reality bombs on xenophobes.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) January 11, 2017
The President should not be like us.
The President should be better than us. #FourMoreYears
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) January 11, 2017
Watching Obama’s final address, and realizing how very, very far we are about to descend. Farewell, O Captain my Captain! Heavens save us.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) January 11, 2017
So much to quote from President ‘s farewell speech that I am in awe of his class & intelligence. But I like “from Selma to Stonewall.”
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) January 11, 2017
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) January 11, 2017
— Al Franken (@alfranken) January 11, 2017
Yes We Can, Yes We Did & Yes We Will. Blessings Mr President. Thank You #ObamaFarewell
— Dulé Hill (@DuleHill) January 11, 2017
— Michael Kelly (@michaeljkellyjr) January 11, 2017
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) January 11, 2017
Young people you will soon outnumber all of us and that can only be a good thing… #ObamaFarewell
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 11, 2017
Don’t get me started but I’m going to miss the obamas . The nicest family on earth .
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) January 11, 2017
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) January 11, 2017
Good-bye Mr. President! There will never be another one like you! Barack Obama you are a King amongst Men. pic.twitter.com/5Y4kpFiaCp
— Madonna (@Madonna) January 11, 2017
Hearing this speech, worth remembering that what’s good about us is as true as what’s wrong. We elected Trump, but also this man twice.
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) January 11, 2017
Thank you Pres. Obama. May we honor u not just with words of thanks but by our actions: continuing to serve, sacrifice & fight for America.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) January 11, 2017
.@BarackObama is right: It’s on us to talk with our friends and neighbors and look out for each other, not alienate each other.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 11, 2017
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) January 11, 2017
So grateful to you @POTUS for all you have done for us these last 8 years! Your dignity and strength. God Bless you and your family.
— Kathy Bates (@MsKathyBates) January 11, 2017
Thank you President Obama!
— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) January 11, 2017
And BOOM…THAT is the way a President drops the microphone and moves on down the road
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) January 11, 2017
— Sabra Berger (@SabraBerger) January 11, 2017
— Michael Dougherty (@nobadtripps) January 11, 2017
— [mel] (@WhoMEA) January 11, 2017
— Brian Greene (@bgreene) January 11, 2017
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