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Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 9:17 PM

Read President Obama's Full Farewell Address in Chicago

President Obama returned to Chicago on Tuesday to deliver his final speech in office, reflecting on the past eight years, thanking supporters and delivering a last call to action. Read »

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 at 3:04 PM

'Yes We Did': Obama Declares Faith in Power of Change

In his parting message to the nation, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his faith in the ability of all Americans to bring about national change, despite the trials that so often stood between him and his goals... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 4:16 PM

Where Obama Might Dine in Chicago Ahead of Farewell Speech

President Barack Obama knows Chicago's food scene well, and with his arrival in the city scheduled for dinner time, it stands to reason that he might choose to dine at a restaurant ahead of his... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Obama Heads Home for His Final Speech as President

As Air Force One touches down in Chicago for one final time ferrying Barack Obama as a sitting president, thousands will be waiting patiently along Lake Michigan to say farewell. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 3:14 PM

President Obama's Speechwriter Relishes the Last 8 Years

President Obama's Speechwriter Relishes the Last 8 Years

A nap is in Cody Keenan’s near future. But first there are a few things left to be said, beginning with the President’s farewell address in Chicago. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 2:05 PM

Obama Pens Letter to Chicago Ahead of Farewell Speech

Obama Pens Letter to Chicago Ahead of Farewell Speech

With less than two weeks left as president, Barack Obama returns to Chicago Tuesday to give his farewell speech in the city where his political career began. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 11:26 AM

The 15 Most Telling Quotes of Obama's Presidency

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Eddie Vedder, Children's Choir to Perform at Obama's Speech

Eddie Vedder, Children's Choir to Perform at Obama's Speech

Eddie Vedder, joined by members of the Chicago Children’s Choir, will perform at President Barack Obama’s farewell address Tuesday night. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 8:46 AM

A Look at Presidential Farewell Speeches

A Look at Presidential Farewell Speeches

The farewell address President Barack Obama plans to deliver Tuesday will continue a tradition established by the nation's first president more than two centuries ago. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 8:56 AM

In Final Speech, Obama Must Reconcile His Hopes With Trump's

In Final Speech, Obama Must Reconcile His Hopes With Trump's

Now an elder statesman, Barack Obama is returning to Chicago where he launched his unlikely political career to tell Americans not to lose faith in their future, no matter what they think about their next... Read »

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