In his farewell speech to the nation, President Obama spent time thanking his wife, Michelle.

Towards the end of the speech at McCormick Place in Chicago, Obama paused before saying her full name "Michelle Lavaughn Robinson, girl of the Southside..." to which the room erupted in a standing ovation.

Obama continued saying, "For the past 25 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."

The president was visibly emotional as was the rest of the first family in attendance. Obama then paid tribute to his daughters calling them smart and beautiful young women.

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

To read the entire transcript, click here.

Photos | President Obama's farewell speech in Chicago

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