President Barack Obama said Thursday he would make his legacy a “beautiful soufflé” message for his first 100 days, telling an audience at the University of Chicago that he wanted Americans to “get up and celebrate every day of our lives and the amazing moments that make up who we are.”
“I think that’s why we celebrate, not only when we celebrate and when we work, but when we laugh and we sing and when everyone who’s ever lived has had a little bit of a celebration,” Obama said, referring to the nation’s founding principles.
Obama said he wanted his inaugural address to be about the American people and how they can be proud of the accomplishments they’ve made in their own lives.
“The first thing I wanted to do was to set a tone for this inaugural speech that I think I’ve been able to do,” Obama told the audience.
“It’s been the most successful inaugural speech in history, and I think it’s time to put that stamp on this speech.”
Obama, who was born in Hawaii, said the message would be about how Americans can take ownership of their lives and what it means to be an American.
“There are some things you learn in life, there are some other things you don’t, that you learn by doing,” Obama added.
“And I think the way that we do that is by getting up and having a little fun.
I think that is the best way to make sure that we remember, as Americans, who we really are and who we love.”
Obama was asked about the president’s plan to give up his post in the White House to the University in Chicago.
The White House said in a statement that Obama had been approached by a group of students to host a retreat in the Chicago area and “the president has agreed to make this an important part of his administration.”
“It is an honor to be a part of such an extraordinary group of leaders, and it is a privilege to lead the most extraordinary and extraordinary mission in the history of our country,” the statement said.
Obama also urged Americans to stay out of politics. “
In celebration of this historic event, I’m launching a program to bring together leaders from across the country to work toward a shared vision for the future of our nation and the world.”
Obama also urged Americans to stay out of politics.
“If we really want to change the way our country is run, we have to start with our politics,” Obama explained.
“That means having an inclusive democracy, not a one-party country, a country that works for everyone and not a country where we elect one person who is willing to go on the campaign trail and talk about the things that matter to them.”