Madonna and entertainment world react to Barack Obama’s farewell address

Outgoing President Barack Obama became tearful as he delivered his farewell address to America yesterday (January 10).

During a widely-praised speech in his hometown of Chicago, Obama conceded that talk of a “post-racial America” was “never realistic” during his Presidency, but also shone a spotlight on his proudest moments since being elected in 2008.

“If I had told you eight years ago that America would reverse a great recession, reboot our auto industry, and unleash the longest stretch of job creation in our history,” he said. “If I had told you that we would open up a new chapter with the Cuban people, shut down Iran’s nuclear weapons programme without firing a shot, and take out the mastermind of 9/11…

“If I had told you that we would win marriage equality, and secure the right to health insurance for another 20 million of our fellow citizens, you might have said our sights were set a little too high.”

As he paid tribute to wife Michelle, he became visibly moved and wiped tears from his eyes. “You took on a role you didn’t ask for and you made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humour,” he said of the outgoing First Lady. “You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody.”

Prominent figures from the music and entertainment world have since shared their responses to the farewell address. Madonna branded Obama a “king amongst men”, while Drake said the outgoing President will always be an “inspiration”.

“Hope you enjoyed Obama’s speech,” novelist Stephen King wrote on Twitter. “You won’t hear anything so cogent and kind for a long time. So, with complete sincerity: THANKS, OBAMA.”

Check out a selection of reactions to the farewell address below.

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A photo posted by Madonna (@madonna) on Jan 10, 2017 at 8:31pm PST

.@POTUS @BarackObama I love you more than I have space on Twitter to describe. #ObamaFarewell

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) January 11, 2017

Damn. This speech. I'm a mess.

— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) January 11, 2017

I just can't seem to gather the words…foolish of me to make no real effort to prepare my ?? for #Obama's end of term. FarewellAddress