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Obama's Lengthy Swan Song: A "Farewell" Speech Now Planned for Chicago


In a series of self-congratulatory New Year's Day tweets, President Obama listed the ways he feels his administration accomplished its goals. For example:

His opponents disagreed, and also took umbrage with the tone of the president's tweets. All that credit-taking was grating for the likes of Bill Kristol:

It has felt like a particularly lengthy swan song, with the president has giving several interviews as he heads out of office, many outlining all of the things he feels he succeeded at doing during his tenure.

And today, he sent out an email to supporters, announcing yet one more — final — speech.

“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.”

The speech will be held at McCormick Place Center in Chicago; tickets are first-come, first-serve and will be handed out on Saturday, January 7th, at McCormick.

Of course, not only is Chicago Obama's hometown, it's also a city plagued by violence, under the leadership of former Obama aide, Mayor Rahm Emanuel. People are calling on the president to not overlook the skyrocketing murder rate in the city.

The numbers are astounding:

However, the bulk of the president's speech will likely be a last-ditch effort to outline (again) the legacy components he doesn't want President-elect Donald Trump to dismantle. One in particular, the Affordable Care Act, is at the top of the list. Obama heads to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to work with top Democrats in the hopes of saving his signature “Obamacare” legislation.

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