In one of the most emotional moments of President Barack Obama’s farewell address, the camera cut to Malia Obama crying during her dad’s speech, causing dozens of Twitter users and viewers at home to cry along with her. The emotional moment was caught on multiple live feeds of the amazing speech, and will likely go down in history as one of the most poignant moments at the end of Obama’s history-making presidency.
This touching moment came as Obama delivered one of his now-customary references to his beloved wife Michelle — and as the camera cut to his wife and daughter, audiences were treated to a shot of a stoic and smiling Michelle alongside a quietly crying Malia.
That faith I placed all those years ago, not far from here, in the power of ordinary Americans to bring about change – that faith has been rewarded in ways I couldn’t possibly have imagined. I hope yours has, too. Some of you here tonight or watching at home were there with us in 2004, in 2008, in 2012 – and maybe you still can’t believe we pulled this whole thing off.
You’re not the only ones. Michelle – for the past twenty-five years, you’ve been not only my wife and mother of my children, but my best friend. You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor. You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody. 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.