Goodbye: US President Obama Bids America Farewell Today

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U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address to Americans today, in Chicago, ten days ahead of the handover to newly elected President Donald Trump.

Obama’s speech will be a parting shot “to say thank you” to Americans “and to offer some thoughts on where we all go from here”.

Chicago is Obama’s adopted hometown, where he met his wife, Michele and was elected an Illinois senator.

In his invitation on January 2 to Americans to attend the ceremony, Obama had written:

“In 1796, as George Washington set the precedent for a peaceful, democratic transfer of power he also set a precedent by penning a farewell address to the American people. And over the 220 years since, many American presidents have followed his lead.

“On Tuesday, January 10, I’ll go home to Chicago to say my grateful farewell to you, even if you can’t be there in person.

“I’m just beginning to write my remarks. But I’m thinking about them as a chance to say thank you for this amazing journey, to celebrate the ways you’ve changed this country for the better these past eight years and to offer some thoughts on where we all go from here.

“Since 2009, we’ve faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger.

“That’s because we have never let go of a belief that has guided us ever since our founding…our conviction that, together, we can change this country for the better.

“So I hope you’ll join me one last time. Because, for me, it’s always been about you,” the outgoing two-term president said in his invitation.

The White House said the outgoing president took the country out of one of the worst economic recessions.


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