U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address in Chicago on Tuesday. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

President Obama called upon his fellow Americans to be “anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy” during an optimistic and emotional farewell address in his home town of Chicago on Tuesday. After the nearly hour-long speech, Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson and several other D.C. athletes were among those who reacted to the president’s public goodbye with messages of thanks on social media.

“A part of history,” Jackson, who became a father in October 2015, wrote on Instagram. “. We as the people never saw it coming but by having hope & faith allow us to witness a black president !! Now growing up in this society I have a lot of realistic goals & dreams 4 my son 2 achieve . once it was impossible, for these to be accomplished . but ‘WE’Hungry 4ever So we Must EAt & Remain RESPECTED !!”

Jackson’s Redskins teammate Duke Ihenacho urged Obama to “be easy” after leaving the Oval Office.

An honor and privilege…Be Easy Prez.

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John Wall and the Wizards were completing a comeback win over Obama’s favorite team, the Bulls, when the president began his farewell address. After the game, Wall echoed the slogan from Obama’s first presidential bid, and a line the president used at the conclusion of Tuesday’s speech, in an Instagram post.

“Because of You, I know I CAN,” Wall wrote. “THANK YOU Mr. President.”


Wall’s backcourt mate, Bradley Beal, posted a photo on Instagram from the time he, Wall, Nene and Emeka Okafor played basketball with Obama at the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2013. Beal and Wall attended the same event with Paul Pierce, Kevin Seraphin and Garrett Temple in 2015.

*Caption this* lol #thankyoumrpresident

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“[Obama’s] got the weirdest jump shot release but today he showed off,” Wall said after shooting hoops with the president at the 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll. “He showed off today. He hit two game-winners so he showed off a little bit today. . . . He trash-talked Paul [Pierce] when he hit the game-winner. He was like, ‘I’m clutch, I’m clutch.’”