On Monday, the White House announced that President Barack Obama will be giving his farewell address next Tuesday, December 10th, in his adopted hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Obama himself previewed the speech on Monday in a post on the White House’s Medium 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 for the event will be given out at Chicago’s McCormick Place this coming Saturday, January 7th. The tickets are available first come, first serve and are limited to one per person.
Obama wrote that he’s just starting to write his speech now, but he’s planning on using 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.” He cites George Washington inspiring him by setting the precedent that many, but not all presidents followed at the end of their terms.
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