President Obama’s farewell address planned for next week

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Obama's Farewell Speech
President Obama plans to make his final speech as president next week.

The White House announced Monday that President Obama will make his farewell address on Tuesday, January 10th, in Chicago, Illinois.

Obama gave a small glimpse of what he plans to discuss in his final speech to the nation as President on the White House blog. “Since 2009, we’ve faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger,” he wrote.” 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.”

Free tickets to the event will be given out at Chicago’s McCormick Place this Saturday, January 7th. Tickets are first come, first serve and are limited to one per person.

President Obama said he is just starting to write his speech now, but is planning to use the opportunity to “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.”

It is widely believed by many that President Obama plans to remain a strong and active force in politics after his presidency. National Democratic groups are hoping Obama will assist with a range of issues, including redistricting.

Mr. Obama, mindful that his two terms in office will now be assessed in the context of his predecessors, cited the history of farewell addresses in his email message.

“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,” Mr. Obama said. “And over the 220 years since, many American presidents have followed his lead.”