Outgoing President of the United States of America, Barack Obama noted in an emotional farewell speech that his position on banning Muslims from entering US has not changed.
The well lettered President also said his efforts to end the use of torture and close the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were part of a broader move to uphold U.S. values.
“That’s why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans,” he said in a clear reference to President-Elect, Donald Trump that drew applause.
Speaking to a crowd of 18,000 in his hometown of Chicago, where he celebrated his election in 2008 as the first black president of the United States, Obama gently prodded the public to embrace his vision of progress while repudiating some of the policies that Trump promoted during his campaign for the White House.
“So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are”.
Obama also said bold action was needed to fight global warming and said “science and reason” mattered.
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