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Texas Democrats on President Obama’s Legacy

Austin, TX -- Tonight, President Barack Obama will deliver a farewell address to the nation in his hometown of Chicago.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Eight years ago, millions of Americans had lost their homes, their hard-earned savings, and their jobs. 44 million Americans were uninsured. The nation was facing another Great Depression.

“Only history will fully comprehend the legacy left by a president who moved mountains by inspiring a nation with hope.

“Today, millions have their livelihoods back. President Obama leaves us an economy with nearly 16 million new jobs since early 2010.

“Now, over 20 million previously uninsured Americans and over 3 million more children have health insurance than in 2008-- coverage that has saved lives and brought peace of mind to millions of families.

“Finally, last year, median household income grew at the fastest rate on record, and the poverty rate fell at the fastest rate in almost fifty years. There is absolutely no doubt, President Obama leaves a record of strong and steady economic growth.

“Generations from now we will see the lasting legacy of a president who showed our children that no matter the color of their skin or where they come from, they too can be the leader of the free world.

“The nation saw grace and poise from Barack and Michelle Obama in the face of hateful Republican opposition that sought to delegitimize our nation’s first African-American president.

“Eight years ago, people called for change, and from to issue to issue President Obama delivered progressive solutions. We were reminded that we are our brother and sister’s keeper. That yes, we can move forward, together.

“On behalf of all Texas Democrats: Thanks, President Obama.”

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