Katy Perry, Whoopi Goldberg + More Celebs React to Pres. Obama’s Farewell Speech
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President Barack Obama’s eloquent farewell address, which he delivered from Chicago last night (January 10), challenged Americans to treat each other with respect and dignity in spite of recent political divisiveness. And celebrities from Madonna to Kerry Washington to former West Wing star Dule Hill tweeted their admiration of the Commander-in-Chief — first elected in 2008 — and their devastation that his days in office are numbered.
The nation’s 44th president thanked his electorate for inspiring him across his years in office, and said he could never have succeeded without his fellow Americans. Obama thanked millennials, specifically, for forging a sense of hope across the country.
“Whether we have seen eye-to-eye or rarely agreed at all, my conversations with you, the American people — in living rooms and in schools; at farms and on factory floors; at diners and on distant military outposts — those conversations are what have kept me honest, and kept me inspired, and kept me going. And every day, I have learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man,” he opened his message.
Consequently, artists, actors and musicians who lead very different lives were moved, and tweeted their reactions to #ObamaFarewell. Take a look at how the celebrity world is coping with the transfer of office to President-elect Donald Trump below, and be sure to share your thoughts in the comments.
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) January 11, 2017
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 11, 2017
When The President & First Lady
Leave the White House ….
We Will be The Custodians Of HOPE
— Cher (@cher) January 11, 2017
Me right now https://t.co/gW55C1wrwd
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) January 11, 2017
Please don't go. #ObamaFarewell
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) 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
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) January 11, 2017
Hope you enjoyed Obama's speech. You won't hear anything so cogent and kind for a long time. So, with complete sincerity: THANKS, OBAMA.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) January 11, 2017
YES WE CAN #obamafarewell
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 11, 2017
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) January 11, 2017
U R the last President my mom & brother were alive 4 the last president we all shared so U will always represent the best of times 2me ❤
— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) January 11, 2017
"Malia and Sasha…of all that I’ve done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad. – President Obama #ObamaFarewell
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) January 11, 2017
Yes We Can, Yes We Did & Yes We Will. Blessings Mr President. Thank You #ObamaFarewell
— Dulé Hill (@DuleHill) January 11, 2017
— NE-YO (@NeYoCompound) January 11, 2017
We have a lot of work to do to earn you, @POTUS
— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) January 11, 2017
Farewell President Obama. You made history and changed lives. Because of you, many of us now know that WE CAN! Thank you @POTUS
— Amber Patrice Riley (@MsAmberPRiley) January 11, 2017
Walks off to Springsteen's "Land of Hope and Dreams". And now for something completely different… #ObamaFarewell
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 11, 2017
This #ObamaFarewell is beautiful. The love. Could Trump soak up all this warmth?
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) 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
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 11, 2017
We love you. You'll be greatly missed President Obama pic.twitter.com/0ZJFg2caGh
— Aly & AJ Michalka (@alyandaj) January 11, 2017
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) January 11, 2017
— Gus Kenworthy (@guskenworthy) January 11, 2017
The way Obama spoke about Michelle during his final speech… every woman deserves a man that speaks about them, and to them, like that.
— Aubrey O'Day (@AubreyODay) January 11, 2017
Whelp- turns out president Obama didn't take your guns or enact sharia law. He just got you affordable health care. U can apologize anytime.
— Michaela Watkins (@michaelaWat) January 11, 2017
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) January 11, 2017
Class, grace, eloquence, & dignity. An example of what should be expected from ALL presidents. #ObamaFarewell
— Scott Hoying (@scotthoying) January 11, 2017
This made me tear up.
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) January 11, 2017
Damn, that was a fine President, America. The Obama family -pure class.
— Lucy Lawless (@RealLucyLawless) January 11, 2017
— Larry King (@kingsthings) January 11, 2017
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) January 11, 2017
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