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The Obamas tear up in emotional farewell speech – VIDEO

The Obamas on Tuesday night teared up in an emotional farewell speech delivered by President Barack Obama in Chicago.

In his speech, President Obama termed his wife Michelle as his best friend, a declaration that brought tears to his eyes and those of his first born daughter Malia.

“Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, girl of the south side, for the past 25 years, you have not only been my wife and mother of my children, you have been my best friend,” Obama told the First lady, seated before him dressed all in black.

“You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humour,” he continued amid wild cheers from the crowd of 18,000.

He then went on to appreciate his two daughters who have spent part of their teenage years under the spotlight and media scrutiny.

“Malia and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women. You are smart and you are beautiful, but more importantly, you are kind and you are thoughtful and you are full of passion. You wore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily. Of all that I’ve done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad,” said Obama.

President Obama also paid glowing tribute to his Vice president Joe Biden and his wife Jill who were both present.

The first family was accompanied by Michelle’s mother Marian Shields Robinson.