In an emotional farewell speech Barack Obama on Wednesday thanked his wife Michelle Obama for the sacrifices she made for his political dreams, calling her his best friend and a role model for the new generation, as per the media reports.
“Michelle for the past twenty-five years, you've been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend,” Obama said in front of thousands of his supporters with the First Lady sitting in the front row along with her youngest daughter Malia and her mother, quoted PTI.
The First Lady received standing ovation as Obama thanked her.
"You took on a role you didn't ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humour. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody," Obama said about his life partner for 25 years.
"And a new generation sets its sights higher because it has you as a role model. You ve made me proud. You've made the country proud," said the outgoing US President.
He also thanked his daughters Sasha and Malia.
"Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women, smart and beautiful, but more importantly, kind and thoughtful and full of passion," he said.
"You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I ve done in my life, I'm most proud to be your dad," Obama said.
Malia was seen frequently trying to stop tears flowing down her cheeks.