“Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted.”
“We weaken those ties when we define some of us as more American than others.”
“And we have shown that our economy doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game.”
A diez días de la jura del cargo por parte de Donald Trump, lo que le convertirá de facto en el presidente número 45 de los Estados Unidos de América, y pondrá fin a los 8 años al frente de la Casa Blanca de Barack Obama, éste último ha comparecido desde Chicago (su ciudad de Origen) para despedirse del pueblo americano, en lo que ha sido su último discurso como presidente. Y, para no perder la costumbre, nos ha vuelto a dejar una conferencia inspiradora, llena de guiños a su periodo de mandato, de agradecimiento y de amor a los suyos. En Vladivostok ya hicimos un breve repaso a lo que ha significado su gobierno para el país, hoy os dejamos las frases más destacadas de este último discurso de uno de los POTUS más populares:
Comenzó haciendo balance de su gestión, y sacando pecho de sus victorias, contra aquellos que menosprecian sus logros.
- “It’s good to be home.”
- “Now, this is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, and they get engaged, and they come together to demand it.”
- “If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history — if I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons program without firing a shot, take out the mastermind of 9-11 — if I had told you that we would win marriage equality and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens — if I had told you all that, you might have said our sights were set a little too high.”
Siguiendo con un fuerte alegato racial, siendo, como ha sido, uno de sus focos durante sus ocho años como Presidente.
- “Now I’ve lived long enough to know that race relations are better than they were 10 or 20 or 30 years ago, no matter what some folks say.”
- “If we’re unwilling to invest in the children of immigrants, just because they don’t look like us, we will diminish the prospects of our own children — because those brown kids will represent a larger and larger share of America’s workforce.“
- “And we have shown that our economy doesn’t have to be a zero-sum game. Last year, incomes rose for all races, all age groups, for men and for women.”
- “It means acknowledging that the effects of slavery and Jim Crow didn’t suddenly vanish in the ’60s.”
El grueso del discurso se basó en un llamamiento a la unidad, la participación política y la valentía ante los retos que se vienen.
- “And increasingly we become so secure in our bubbles that we start accepting only information, whether it’s true or not, that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the evidence that is out there.”
- “An order based not just on military power or national affiliations, but built on principles, the rule of law, human rights, freedom of religion and speech and assembly and an independent press. That order is now being challenged. First by violent fanatics who claim to speak for Islam. More recently by autocrats in foreign capitals who seek free markets in open democracies and civil society itself as a threat to their power.”
- “That’s why we cannot withdraw from big global fights to expand democracy and human rights and women’s rights and LGBT rights.”
- “Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted.”
- “Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power. We, the people, give it meaning — with our participation, and with the choices that we make and the alliances that we forge.”
- “We weaken those ties when we define some of us as more American than others.”
- “And when we sit back and blame the leaders we elect without examining our own role in electing them.”
- “So, you see, that’s what our democracy demands. It needs you. Not just when there’s an election, not just when you own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try talking with one of them in real life.”
- “If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clip board, get some signatures, and run for office yourself.”
Para finalizar, dió las gracias por estos años a los más cercanos: su mujer, sus hijas, su vicepresidente y todos aquellos que ayudaron a que esos ocho años hayan sido posibles.
- “Michelle LaVaughn Robinson of the South Side for the past 25 years you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for. And you made it your own with grace and with grit and with style, and good humor. You have made me proud, and you have made the country proud.”
- “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 you wore 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.”
- “Joe Biden, you were the first decision I made as a nominee, and it was the best. Not just because you have been a great vice president, but because in the bargain I gained a brother.”
- “And to all of you out there — every organizer who moved to an unfamiliar town, every kind family who welcomed them in, every volunteer who knocked on doors, every young person who cast a ballot for the first time, every American who lived and breathed the hard work of change — you are the best supporters and organizers anybody could ever hope for, and I will forever be grateful. Because you did change the world.”
- “My fellow Americans, it has been the honor of my life to serve you. I won’t stop; in fact, I will be right there with you, as a citizen, for all my remaining days. I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours.”