As his time in the Oval Office is coming to an end, President Barack Obama gave the country a preview of his farewell address he will deliver in Chicago on Jan. 10, only 10 days before President-elect Donald Trump is to be sworn in.
Obama, in a written statement, has explained that the American people have helped him to lead during his presidency, is a theme that he has planned to highlight in his speech.
He wrote, "I'm thinking about [my 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 thought on where we all go from here”.
The sitting president has offered encouragement to his fellow Americans, who according to him have hit obstacles since he took office .
He said, "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.”
Obama noted that the U.S. president's farewell address has been a tradition that dates back to 1796, when George Washington said goodbye to Americans before transferring power to his successor, John Adams.
By Prakriti Neogi