Obama to deliver farewell address in Chicago

Obama to deliver farewell address in Chicago
© Greg Nash

President Obama said early Monday that he will deliver his farewell address next week in Chicago.

Obama in a statement noted that George Washington in 1796 set the precedent for a peaceful, democratic transfer of power and set a precedent for a farewell address to the American people.

Obama said he his just beginning to write his remarks, which will be delivered on Jan. 10.

“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,” Obama said.

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“Since 2009, we've faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger,” he added. “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.”

Obama in a series of tweets on Monday detailed a list of his accomplishments during the last eight years.

“As we look ahead to the future, I wanted to take a moment to look back on the remarkable progress that you made possible these past 8 years,” he said.

He cited marriage equality, job growth, and his signature healthcare legislation.

“It’s been the privilege of my life to serve as your President. I look forward to standing with you as a citizen. Happy New Year everybody,” Obama wrote.