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In emotional farewell message, Obama urges Americans to preserve democracy

Chicago: Outgoing President of the United States, Barack Obama got emotional as he addressed countrymen on Tuesday as part of his farewell message in Chicago.

"Let's be vigilant, but not afraid," Obama told fellow Americans in an emotional farewell speech, reflecting on the state of democracy in the country, 10 days ahead of handing over the Presidency to his Republican successor Donald Trump.

The 44th President - the first African American in the country's 240-year-old democracy - said: "The work of democracy has always been hard, contentious and sometimes bloody? But the long sweep of America has been defined by forward motion."

Obama identified four areas to watch out for preservation of democracy - ensuring economic opportunity for everyone when technology will destroy jobs faster than trade did, guarding against prejudices, keeping faith in reason and maintaining "some common baseline of facts" and not taking democracy for granted.

"Our democracy is threatened whenever we take it for granted. All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into the task of rebuilding our democratic institutions," he said, promising to work as a citizen for the rest of his life toward such a goal.

He stopped the crowd when it booed at the mention of president-elect Donald Trump. "In 10 days, the world will witness a hallmark of our democracy: the peaceful transfer of power from one freely-elected president to the next," he said, adding that it is "up to all of us to make sure our government can help us meet the many challenges we still face."