A Look Inside the First Family’s Residence

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  1. JESSY PALMOT

    What do you think about Obama’speech? What are your impressions? Would you feel the same way if you had the opportunity to live in the White House?

    For me, Obama’s speech is a very humble and very true speech because through the speech he makes us understand that it is addressed to the entire American population without exception. we feel here a great feeling of union in these words. My feeling in relation to the speech of Mr BARACK OBAMA is very positive because his speech invites anyone to realize their dreams but that in life we have nothing for nothing and that ‘you have to work to be comfortable
    To conclude, if I had the opportunity to live in the White House, it would be such a dream because many political personalities have passed there, it will solicit in me a kind of fulfilled dream

  2. Margaux Bernodat

    I think that Obama’s speech is sincere because it is addressed as a president, but also as a citizen to Americans. He spoke to us gratefully about his time as the U.S President and his family routine. As a former president and member of the First Family, he was able to stay humble and show that the White House belongs to everyone. If I had to live in the White House, I wouldn’t like and would feel unsafe. It is a touristy and very busy place and there is a lot of sightseeing and noise. I would not like not to have peace and privacy. I want to live in MY house and not in a place who belongs to all the citizens.

  3. Matteo TRUPIANO

    I agree with Barrack Obama when he says that the white house belong to Americans. I believe it’s important to understand this when we are president, and it’s important to be humble and grateful towards people because they elected us. So, a president has to recognize that the white house is a country’s property and a Historical monument which crossed the time and welcomed almost every American presidents.

  4. Lucie FRAUMAR

    In his speech Obama explains his reactions when he had the chance to live in the White House. One can understand in the tone of his humble voice that he was both moved and proud to be president and as he says to have “the incredible privilege of serving the American people…”. He describes his wonder at the greatness of the White House and that he is aware that it is a place of history, it seems that he was intimidated in the face of his lifestyle change. I think I would have probably been intimidated like Obama and stunned by the White House but I would be too uncomfortable facing this huge “house” and couldn’t feel in my place. Because the world looks at you when you live there and live there comes with too much responsibility. Although just going there a week at the end to visit would be more than enough, rather than living there.

  5. @Sophie

    For me, I will say that President Barack Obama’s speech was very good and that he was able to captivate my attention because he knew how to be intimate we can see because he addresses the American people as if he were addressing one of his closest friends by expressing the feelings he feels when he had the privilege of being able to live in the white house he also talks about the fact that he will have to install a routine because he has children and that they will have to be educated, he also tells us that he has often questioned why he was in the White House. Moreover, in his speech he shows us that he is humble and finally he was very honest … at least he looked like one. To answer the last question if I had had the opportunity to live in the White House I assure you that I could not have felt the same way. I would have taken it as a privilege certainly but, also it could have been a disadvantage because of the restrictions imposed. Besides, I confess that I would not have displeased me to live there even for a day

    1. Kāttełine

      I really liked Barack Obama’s speech, it’s a very nice speech. It’s a very humble speech, very sincere, in fact during this speech he doesn’t address only one person, but all American citizens. He wants them to understand that the White House does not belong to the president, but to the country, to the people. He also wants them to understand that it is a place of history that has hosted every American president.
      In his speech, Barack Obama spoke as a president but also as a citizen, which I think is very wise. What struck me most in his speech was that he spoke with gratitude, he made it clear that a president during his term of office must do his best to serve those who elected him.
      To conclude this speech is very captivating and very positive it can make anyone want to go and live in the White House, after listening to the speech it made me want to go and live in the White House and feel what Barack Obama felt. It would be a dream come true for me.

  6. Larra Demosthene

    When I listen to the speech of former President Barack Obama, I really feel his sincerity and his dedication to the American people. He shares his way of life with us and has the impression of living in this symbolic house and full of history, we can feel his humility and his pride, I find it really beautiful.Personally living in a house with such great symbolism and political importance would not please me at all. I will not feel at home there on the contrary I will have the impression that I did not deserve all this. As Barack Obama explained to us in his speech, the White House belongs to America, so I prefer to leave this place as a historical monument rather than a home.

  7. Béandrice.-.

    I was fascinated by former President Barack Obama’s speech because he seemed proud and sincere in speaking as a president, but also as an American citizen. His speech was very humbling because he was able to show that the White House belongs to the people and he was grateful to his constituents. Indeed it seems that he was intimidated by his change of lifestyle, I think that I would have been intimidated like Obama and I would not feel like I belonged there because I would not have the privacy that one should have in a house.but I would not mind going for a week to see their way of life in spite of the fact that the white house is a historical monument.

  8. jade

    I think that Obama’s speech is authentic because it gives us even the most intimate impressions about the comfort of the room and his first night for example but also about the moments spent with his family in the white house. He speaks without a filter and is transparent about his impressions of the White House.It seems that he speaks to his relatives and that is what I appreciate, he gives the impression of being sincere. But if I had the opportunity to live in the White House I would not feel the same, I would not feel safe because I would not really have private space of my own with the servants and others. Personally I would not like to live there. I need to have a space for myself and to keep it private it would probably be a privilege for others because

  9. jade

    he would see it as the good side, that is to say, to have a big house with staff at his disposal, but he must also see the bad side and this side wins and that is why I would not feel the same feelings as Obama if I lived there

  10. Meilee

    Barack Obama’s speech is very intimate, in his way of speaking and expressing himself we can see a great humility, he explains with simple words what a great privilege he had to live in the White House but he reminds us that the White House does not belong to him and that it is largely the house of the citizens of America. He values very much the privilege he had to live in the White House. Personally I would not have liked to live in the White House, recently I watched the movie “white house down” where the White House is under attack, unless a handsome guy like Channing Tatum comes to save me but I would not like to live there. It’s too much responsibility, I prefer my home and my comfort, the white house is too imposing and showy.

  11. LOUISV

    I think that the Obama ‘speech is an invitation for live in the White House and enjoy of this privileges. My impressions are:
    – want to visit the white house,
    – wonder at the White House,
    – and impression of putting myself in the shoes of the president and the family.
    If I had the opportunity to live in the White House, I think that I will take it because an opportunity like that, it may not come again.

  12. Johana

    2. Leave a comment : What do you think about Obama’speech? What are your impressions? Would you feel the same way if you had the opportunity to live in the White House?

    I think Obama’s speech is very sincere because when he speaks, we can perceive his admiration, his respect for this House. Moreover, I have the impression that when he speaks, he is moved. I think if I had the opportunity to live in the White House, I would feel a bit the same. Indeed, it is a bit impressive to sleep in this historical place. However, I would feel oppressed and not well. Indeed, there are a lot of things in these houses, and it is a luxurious place (I prefer simplicity). So I wouldn’t want to have this opportunity.

  13. GALLIFFET

    Despite his status as President of the United States of America, Barack Obama remains a very humble person with many great values. In his speech we feel the sincerity and the benevolent side of Obama, he does not especially seek to put himself forward but simply to show us a small part of him. If I have the opportunity to live in the White House I would like to see it the same way he does, but living there means that our life is on display for everyone and we have no real home-self.

  14. Stive

    I think the speech of Obama is honest, he was able to express his feeling in all sincerity and to show what “living in the White House” meant to him. For me, I will feel the same way as him because living in the White House is a privilege but at the same time means to serving the country, the people, so as not to disappoint them.

  15. Virgile

    For me, in his speech, Barack Obama seems very peaceful, he speaks of his home, an history house, with a lot of respect. He is very calm and relaxed, he emits, like the house, a great serenity, he seems happy and very honest. He is very grateful to the people who voted for him because they allowed him to live the american dream. He is very proud to inherit this privilege but doesn’t seem arrogant condescending, he has a lot of humility.
    If I had the same opportunity as Barack Obama, I think I will have followed the same way to live in the White House with my family in luxury and serenity.

  16. Joseph Dachelene

    I think Obama’s speech is very humble and sincere. we can see that it is addressed to a whole people, but that it is also included in this discourse. Although he is president and lives in the White House we can see that these routines still remain the same i.e. he is the one who makes sure his children are awake to go. at school he must also establish a routine. I think I would feel like Obama nonetheless knowing that where I live and also accessible to the citizen I will not feel safe or comfortable. Yet in my eyes living in the White House represents a very great privilege as Obama says.

  17. Jeyan auffeves

    I think Obama’s speech is sincere and fair, it shows that he is serious and that he wants good for Americans by pushing them to achieve their dreams by working hard. Personally, I couldn’t stand living in the White House as there is no real privacy and I wouldn’t be easy on my family.

  18. valerie

    Obama’s speech is unifying and inclusive.
    During his tenure, he always showed great humility towards the American people and knew how to highlight oppressed minorities.
    For many, he represents an example to follow as well as Michelle Obama, an icon in the struggle of black women of all generations.
    Even after relinquishing power, he holds a great place in the hearts of many people.

    I believe that if I had the opportunity to live in the White House, I would not be more impressed than that, because for me a place, a building, a house means nothing if we have not ourselves experienced memorable moments or not inside. Although it is very vintage, very classy and sheltered from historical figures, for me it remains a house.
    After all this remains subjective and depends on the sensitivity of each.

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