We’ve come a long way together. Tune in at 9pm ET on Tuesday, January 10 to watch President Obama’s Farewell Address
President Obama will give his farewell address in Chicago. Tune in here to watch on January 10, 2017.
Summary: On Tuesday, January 10, I’ll go home to Chicago to say my grateful farewell to you.
Editor’s note: Today, President Obama is sending the following note to the White House email list. Make sure you get the message—sign up here.
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.
President Barack Obama