The United States Outgoing President Barack Obama is set to deliver his farewell speech today January 10 in Chicago. Obama’s farewell speech is expected to draw more than 20,000 people.
President Barack Obama said he will deliver his farewell speech in Chicago, his adopted hometown and where his victory speech eight years ago in Grant Park drew more than 200,000 people.
Today’s speech will be at McCormick Place, and it will be an evening event — meaning the major broadcast networks will certainly break into primetime programming to cover the remarks. Usually, such POTUS speeches go off around 9 PM ET.
Invites have been going out the past weeks to Obama political friends, according to reports. The White House made some details official today.
“I’m just beginning to write my remarks,” Obama said in his note to supporters on January 2, 2017. “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,” he added.
President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office January 20. He and Obama have had a precedent-setting transitional period since Trump was elected, with Obama working to stake his claim that he made America better during his two terms, and Trump and his team vowing to undo many of the Obama administration’s work.
Obama aims to revive the spirits of progressives who he’d hoped to rally behind Hillary Clinton. Though Obama’s farewell speech won’t be policy-oriented or carry any direct contrasts with Trump, his message will offer a “hopeful” vision for the future, according to administration officials.
Obama in his speech wants to cast a “forward-looking” vision for a country, those officials say, insisting his message won’t be directed solely at his successor.
Planned declarations that the nation benefits from diversity and fairness, however, will surely be regarded as admonitions to the future commander in chief.
Through it all, Obama has sought to highlight the achievements of his presidency using statistics showing the country better off now than eight years ago.
He’s offered a rational view of Trump’s election and rarely lets on to any apprehension about his future as an ex-president.
First lady Michelle Obama has offered a more candid view in a scaled-back version of her own farewell. She sat for an hour-long interview with Oprah Winfrey, frankly admitting that Democrats were now “feeling what not having hope feels like.”
And she became emotional during her final set of formal remarks at the White House Friday, her voice quaking and eyes welling with tears as she told a crowd of educators: “I hope I made you proud.”