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Obama pushes values and prods Trump in final, emotional address

US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) and US President Barack Obama greet supporters as daughter Malia looks on after he delivered his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois on January 10, 2017. AFP PHOTO | JOSHUA LOTT
US First Lady Michelle Obama (C) and US President Barack Obama greet supporters as daughter Malia looks on after he delivered his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois on January 10, 2017. AFP PHOTO | JOSHUA LOTT 

With a final call of his campaign mantra "Yes We Can," President Barack Obama urged Americans on Tuesday to stand up for US values and reject discrimination as the United States transitions to the presidency of Republican Donald Trump.

In an emotional speech in which he thanked his family and declared his time as president the honour of his life, Obama gently prodded the public to embrace his vision of progress while repudiating some of the policies that Trump promoted during his campaign for the White House.

"So just as we, as citizens, must remain vigilant against external aggression, we must guard against a weakening of the values that make us who we are," Obama told a crowd of 18,000 in his hometown of Chicago, where he celebrated his election in 2008 as the first black president of the United States.

Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, proposed temporarily banning Muslims from entering the country, building a wall on the border with Mexico, upending a global deal to fight climate change and dismantling Obama's healthcare reform law.

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