It would be the first of several speeches Obama would give evoking the memory of his diverse family, weaved in between a greater, more prophetic vision of America.
Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech
President Obama winning a peace prize was a head-scratcher for many, considering the U.S. was in the middle of two wars — one against Iraq and another against Afghanistan.
The 2015 Selma speech
Obama spoke of the turbulence that led to the march on Selma. "For everywhere in this country, there are first steps to be taken, and new ground to cover, and bridges to be crossed," he said. "And it is you, the young and fearless at heart, the most diverse and educated generation in our history, who the nation is waiting to follow."
He delivered the commence speech this year at Rutgers University, and he threw a few jabs at Donald Trump. Before an audience of 50,000, he gave some pragmatic advice: you gotta know what you’re talking about.
Obama said he felt more optimistic about the nation's future than he did when he first took office. He credited it, in part, to his supporters and asked them to "carry" Hillary Clinton the way they carried him all this time.