After watching President Obama throughout his eight-year term, we can say that he has changed the meaning of American presidency, going down as the coolest, funniest, most intelligent and charismatic presidents ever to step foot in the White House – he will be missed at the end of his term. His birthday recently passed, on August 4, and it was his last one as president. Here are a few special moments during his term that sprang tears, laughter and feelings of joy. Every time he is put to the test, he always delivers.
1.) Keynote Address Speech.
We will never forget the day America met Barack Obama! On that night, hope was introduced to a nation as the soon to be president delivered the keynote address speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004. He promised hope in the face of difficulty and uncertainty as well as the belief that there are better days ahead. His speech was met with a standing ovation.
2.) Dances With Ellen.
Beyond his political side, Obama was the presidential candidate that had the ultimate swag—well almost. Obama visited Ellen DeGeneres’ set once before, in October 2007, when he was an Illinois senator and had just put in his bid for presidency. He showed off a few dance moves and we didn’t quite know, at the time, how many more laughs he had in store for us in the days to come.
3.) America’s First Black President Elect.
On November 4, 2008, Obama of Illinois made history as the first African-American president to be elected in the United States. He won over Senator John McCain of Arizona, and it was a moment of celebration for Americans who just saw the tremendous progress toward equality for the African-American community.
4.) The President Can Blow.
When Obama belted a few notes from Reverend Al Green’s, “Let’s Stay Together,” at the famed Apollo Theatre with Mick Jagger and BB King, he proved that he has soul. Surprisingly, he can carry a tune — he surprised us all.
5.) Speech On Race.
In his Union Speech in 2008, known As “The More perfect Union,” Obama worked his magic once again. He touched on a sensitive issue explaining that although we experienced progress in racial inequality, “racial anger exists among both whites and blacks.” He said it must be fully acknowledged before further progress can be achieved while noting that racial gridlock and denial exists in America. His speech was considered one of the greatest rhetorical achievements ever.
6.) Passing Signature Healthcare Reform.
During a crucial time in the nation’s healthcare system, Mr. Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in the White House, which offers universal health care for all. “This legislation will not fix everything that ails our health care system, but it moves us decisively in the right direction,” Obama said shortly after the historic vote. “This is what change looks like,” he said.
7.) Captured Osama Bin Laden.
Under the president’s supervision, his administration was able to capture a dangerous and most wanted Bin Laden. Obama announced his capture in 2011 — news the nation had waited for. “Tonight, I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the former leader of Al-Qaeda and a terrorist who was responsible the death of many innocent lives.” This was an achievement that would gain the praise and approval of the American people.
8.) Get That Dirt Off Your Shoulders.
If you’re feeling like a P.I.M.P, go and brush your shoulders off. It may have been possible that the president had rapper Jay-Z on his play-list after strutting one of the rapper’s moves.
During a speech acknowledging that he’s taken some hits from his opponent, Obama brushed his shoulders off. The crowd applauded and laughed. Within hours, memes and video mash-ups populated the Internet of Obama dusting himself off as Jay-Z raps about in his music.
9.) Nobel Peace Prize.
Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Jimmy Carter are three presidents who have won the Nobel Peace Prize in the past. What an honor for Obama to be the next recipient for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples.”
10.) The President Has Jokes.
In a town hall meeting with Univision, anchor Jorge Ramos asked the president if he had an computer. And his comeback was epic. “I mean, Jorge, I’m the president of the United States,” Obama said at an education town hall broadcast by Univision. “You think I’ve got to go borrow somebody’s computer? … ‘Hey, man, can I borrow your computer? … How about you? You’ve got one?’” But maybe Jorge deserved it!
11.) He Has Game.
Our Commander-in-Chief is known for his amazing shot, which he’s shown on many occasions in the White House. This next clip will blow your mind. President Obama takes on former NBA player and CBS Sports college basketball commentator Clark Kellogg in a game of POTUS at the White House. Watch him work.
12.) Clap Back At Donald Trump
After much time wasted worrying about the president’s birth certificate, Obama quickly laid those concerns to rest. “No-one is happier to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the matter, like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell Donald and that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that? And where are Biggie and Tupac?’ Hilarious!
13.) Kiss Cam.
The Obamas engaged in a presidential kiss on kiss cam at a game in Washington DC. Those two are the cutest couple!
14.) Gay Marriage Legalized.
The night of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriages, millions rejoiced and the white house was lit with rainbow colors in commemoration of the new law. The Obama administration established a new civil right, which handed gay rights advocates a historic victory. Not only did he make history as the first African-American president, but for gay couples everywhere.
15.) Builds Relationship With Cuba.
Obama is the first President in decades to step foot in Cuba. On a rainy day in March, the Obamas’ made a three-day trip to the communist country. He said, “’and although we still have significant differences around human rights and individual liberties inside of Cuba, We felt that coming now would maximize our ability to prompt more change,’ he said. ‘And it gives us, I think, the opportunity before I leave office to continue to stay on track in moving things forward.”
16.) Obama Out…Drops Mike.
Another amazing speech by the president – he has it all under control. That was pretty much expressed in his actions. Obama ends by literally dropping his mic at the close of his White House Correspondents Dinner speech. “And with that I just have two more words to say: Obama out,” the president said. The audience couldn’t keep their jaws from off of the floor.
17.) Tweet To The First Lady.
When First Lady Michelle Obama delivered her electrifying speech on the first night of the Democratic National Convention recently, she brought some to tears and received praise from admirers everywhere, including her husband Barack Obama. President Obama called his wife’s speech “incredible” in a thoughtful tweet to the first lady that gained national attention. “Incredible speech by an incredible woman. Couldn’t be more proud & our country has been blessed to have her as FLOTUS. I love you, Michelle,” he tweeted minutes after her speech in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Convention Center. The tweet has since gone viral, receiving more than 220 thousand likes and 92 thousand retweets.
Written By: Taylor Bennett