How To Live Stream President Obama's Farewell Speech in Chicago This Week

Alicia WestJan 13, 2017

First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, his wife Jill Biden, and many current and former White House staff members and campaign workers attended the speech.

Soon Obama and his family will exit the national stage, to be replaced by Trump, a man Obama had stridently argued poses a dire threat to the nation's future.

When sections of the crowd began chanting "four more years" he smiled, saying: "I can't do that".

His successor, President-elect Donald Trump, has vowed to undo some of Mr Obama's signature policy achievements. So even as Obama seeks to define what his presidency meant for America, his legacy remains in question.

"Such a vision, however well-intended, was never realistic", Obama said, though he insisted race relations are better now than a few decades ago. The 44th President of the United States gives his farewell address in his hometown of Chicago on Tuesday, January 10.

Like his presidency, Obama's speech has evoked sharp reactions as the outgoing president used the occasion to highlight upcoming challenges as the USA ushers into a Republican presidency headed by President-elect Donald Trump who pulled a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in an election which brough to the fore America's faultlines.

‎‎ President Obama, his wife Michelle Obama along with their two daughters, Malia and Sasha, were seen in the photo. Noted for his proposed ban on Muslims entering the country, Trump was countered by Obama who said,"I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans".

President Obama leaves is viewed favourably by 57% of Americans, according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Punlic Affairs Research poll, a similar level to Bill Clinton when he left office.

However, the 55-year-old said he remained hopeful about the work that a younger generation would do.

The touching moment further extended towards Malia and (a missing) Sasha, whom the proud father also praised for wearing "the burden of years in the spotlight so easily". After eight years as your President, I still believe that. Attendees included a "who's who" of Chicago and IL politics, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former Obama chief of staff.

He already gave his farewell address as Commander in Chief to men and women in uniform, and according to the White House Instagram, he touched on the importance of "openness and tolerance."We have to remember that as we meet the threats of our time, we can not sacrifice our values or our way of life-the rule of law and openness and tolerance that define us as Americans", he said". He plans to take some time off, write a book - and immerse himself in a Democratic redistricting campaign.

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