LIVE: Obama's farewell address


LIVE: Obama's farewell address
  1. LIVE: Obama's farewell address
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    President Barack Obama began his farewell address on Tuesday, the final major planned speech of his presidency. In a speech in Chicago on Tuesday evening, the president is expected to deliver remarks with an uplifting tone that will likely avoid direct clashes with President-elect Donald Trump personally, but will champion a message of diversity that may contrast with Trump's inflammatory campaign rheto…
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President Barack Obama began his farewell address on Tuesday, the final major planned speech of his presidency.

In a speech in Chicago on Tuesday evening, the president is expected to deliver remarks with an uplifting tone that will likely avoid direct clashes with President-elect Donald Trump personally, but will champion a message of diversity that may contrast with Trump’s inflammatory campaign rhetoric.

The speech caps weeks of a White House publicity campaign celebrating the president’s legacy.

In a Medium post last week, the president reflected on the beginning of his first term, including the dire economic environment he inherited when he took office in 2009 amid the financial collapse.

“In the depths of that winter, on January 20, 2009, I stood before you and swore a sacred oath,” Obama wrote. “I told you that day that the challenges we faced would not be met easily or in a short span of time  —  but they would be met. And after eight busy years, we’ve met them   —  because of you.”

George Washington was the first president to deliver a farewell address, releasing a textual farewell at the end of his second term.

Though each president tends to craft their addresses in their own mould, outgoing presidents have occasionally used the speech to offer a warning. President Dwight Eisenhower cautioned the public against the creeping influence of the military-industrial complex, the relationship between the military and the private weapons, equipment, …

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