"You were the change," he told the American people.
In his farewell speech in Chicago on Tuesday night, President Barack Obama thanked his fellow citizens for keeping him inspired throughout his presidency, even when things were tough.
"Yes, our progress has been uneven. The work of democracy has always been hard, it's always been contentious. Sometimes it's been bloody."
He also promised a peaceful transition to the incoming Donald Trump's administration on January 20th and encouraged supporters who were let down by Trump's election to remain optimistic about the nation's future.
"You were the change. You answered people's hopes. And because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than it was when we started."
Obama went on to list the accomplishments of his eight-year presidency.
"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"
Obama's signature health care overhaul which gave health insurance to another 20 million U.S. citizens has been threatened by Repbulicans who aim to repeal it.
Obama also highlighted his view of the importance of democracy.
"The future should be ours. But that potential will be realized only if our democracy works. Only if our politics better reflects the decency of the our people."
Obama also paid tribute to his wife Michelle and their daughters, in emotional remarks that had the crowd on their feet giving the First Lady a standing ovation.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.