■ Guardian: "But while for most of the past eight years it had seemed this night would be one of joy and nostalgia, now it came with a sober note, laden with omens and warnings about a democracy under siege".
The President casually smiled, raised his hand and replied: "I can't do that!".
Obama, a former law professor, is very involved in drafting his speeches. "We've given ourselves a little bit of breathing space", guitarist The Edge told Rolling Stone, calling the world "a different place" after Donald Trump's surprise presidential victory.
"Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic", Obama said, though he insisted race relations are better now than a few decades ago.
But Obama will be forced to confront the shortcomings of his presidency, including the election of Trump, whose campaign stood in stark contrast to his message of hope.
In a touching acknowledgement, Mr. Obama directly addressed his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama. (The Obamas, they're just like us!) So there you have it, Barack Obama, responsible parent first, president of the United States, second.
First lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia lean into one another as they listen to President Barack Obama speak during his farewell address at McCormick Place in Chicago.
"A new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model", he said.
"I watched from the plane, on the tarmac, and you could tell within about three minutes, with that crowd there and the organ playing while he was speaking, that, of course, he was going to sing it". "You took on a role you didn't ask for and you made it your own", he said.
"Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two awesome young women", said the proud father. He made a plea for personal interactions with individuals with opposing viewpoints, saying "If you're exhausted of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try to talk with one in real life". You are smart and you are lovely.
Obama saved one more personal tribute for his running mate and vice president of eight years, toasting Joe Biden, who was sitting with his wife, Jill, next to the first family.