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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

HONOLULU (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver a farewell address on Jan. 10 to reflect on his time in office and say thank you to his supporters, he said in an email statement released on Monday.

Obama, noting that the first president of the United States, George Washington, had penned a farewell address in 1796, said he would deliver his speech in his hometown of Chicago.

“I’m thinking about (the remarks) 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 said.

Republican Donald Trump will be sworn in to office on Jan. 20. During his campaign for the White House, Trump pledged to undo many of Obama’s signature policy measures, including his healthcare law.

Obama, who campaigned hard for Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, has sought to ensure a smooth transition of power despite major policy differences with his successor. He also leaves his party without a clear figurehead as he leaves the White House.

“Since 2009, we’ve faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger,” Obama said in the email, likely foreshadowing a theme for his speech.

“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.”

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Paul Tait)

IMAGE: U.S. President Barack Obama waves from the door of Air Force One as he ends his visit to Cuba, at Havana’s international airport, March 22, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria 

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28 responses to “Obama To Deliver Farewell Address In Chicago On January 10”

  1. Godzilla says:

    Good riddance to an utter failure.

    • I Am Helpy says:

      Out of all the Presidents in the last 50 years, Obama places, objectively, in the top two of every possible metric a Presidency can fairly be measured in, with his only realistic competitor being Bill Clinton (the only President to run the country at a profit). He met or surpassed – usually surpassed – every single economic target the Republican candidates claimed they’d hit.

      Maybe you were thinking of the massive failures of the George W. Bush presidency, or the actual treason committed by Reagan or Nixon.

    • jmprint says:

      Your momma is the only failure for not aborting you. Your Trumpanzees sure do, like tom throw $hit. The utter failure is that American citizens like you voted for a total jerk off.

  2. David Brauer says:

    Can’t he just mail it in?? That’s in his wheelhouse.

  3. Dan S says:

    Despite all the slings and arrows thrown at President Obama over his 8 years in the Oval Office he’s held his head high while his critics just went low. While not everything went according to plan you can actually thank the GOP especially Sen. McConnell for throwing sand in the gears at every chance he had. And a particularly large raspberry for blocking Obamas nominee to the Supreme Court. What we have is a stolen seat on the Supreme Court and whoever Trump selects will be a nominee bent on taking away women’s choice ????

    • David Brauer says:

      You only mention women’s choice – never the newborn’s or the father’s….how come? O’Bama had a veto-proof congress for 2 years and accomplished nothing while shaming us internationally with his “global” views. He should have campaigned for UN Sec. Gen., not President. We have soooo much to recover from his lack of commitment and fear of leading. Your failure to see that speaks volumes. Which public sector union do you belong?

      • Dan S says:

        So now you’ve decided for women everywhere not knowing their circumstances that they should be forced to have an unplanned/unwanted pregnancy ? I certainly hope your pleased with the new illegitimate POTUS who’s already embarrassing this country while we currently still have President Obama. There will be zero leadership under Trump who’s already blathering about having inside info on the Russian hack. One can only hope our democracy doesn’t die after Trump and his ilk take over 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. there will be no commitment from Trump as he just looks at lining his pockets. By the time he gets done he’ll make tricky Dick actually look better than what he truly was. Have fun watching this country fall apart, as a divided nation we will fall

      • itsfun says:

        You better be careful, Obama will draw a red line in your driveway. You know what that means: absolutely nothing.

        • I Am Helpy says:

          It’s amazingly insightful of you to grasp that your post – a collection of near-random words – means absolutely nothing.

        • jmprint says:

          You better be careful, someone is lurking under your bed. Does it not bother you at all that your pric for president has already broken the Logans Act and he isn’t even president yet.

      • I Am Helpy says:

        What does this gibberish even mean? Why are you – a woman-hating Republican – pretending to care about women?

      • jmprint says:

        He only mentions women’s choice because it is the women carrying the fetus for 9 months. The newborn doesn’t have rights, because he is not newborn. You can’t call a fetus a new born and try to slap more rights to them then a human being. A man that rape a women could care less about the fetus, so why worry about his rights, when he has violated others. President Obama accomplished more then you want to admit. Who keeps you on your knees is the real question.

  4. rednekokie says:

    Mr. President –you will be sorely missed. A lot more of us hold you in highest esteem than those who don’t, because they cannot see beyond their wall of prejudice and hatred toward anyone not like them.

    Mr. President, you are like us — you are as American as can be — and I am proud to have voted for you and supported you every step of the way. And I would do it again, in a heartbeat.

    Thank you.

    • Dan S says:

      Thank you for those kind words for a much under appreciated President. He’s a tough act to follow which will make the President Elect look like an even bigger goof if he tries to undo President Obamas legacy and the Affordable Care Act. It will be spite by Trump and the GOP since the CBO has said repealing the ACA with no replacement will significantly grow our deficit even more.

  5. Dominick Vila says:

    President Obama’s demeanor, leadership, composure, respect for the rights of others and our institutions, his vision, and his accomplishments in spite of relentless obstructionism, make him one of the best Presidents this country ever had.
    We are fortunate to have had such a great man in the White House. I will miss his calm demeanor, objectivity, and professionalism.

    • Aprillhumphrey says:

      Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours and have longer with friends & family! !mj222d:
      On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
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    • jmprint says:

      Me too, he is one of the best. History will show the republican morons they have allowed their prejudice from seeing and appreciating realty.

  6. itsfun says:

    Good riddance to a man that that tried to tamper our election by encouraging illegal immigrants to vote. .

    • I Am Helpy says:

      I’ll take lunatic conspiracy theories believed by mouthbreathers without any evidence for 5, Alex

    • jmprint says:

      Either you post a link where he is actually saying that or you shut up with your white trash lies.

      • itsfun says:

        Gee you have such a way with words. I’ll post what I want and don’t care whether trash like you likes it or not. You bullying will get you nowhere with me.

  7. Jim Samaras says:

    Buh bye

  8. jmprint says:

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you . . . you are one of the most admirable, honest kind hearted, respectable person on earth. May the Lord keep you and your family safe.

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