Keeping the tradition alive, President Obama whose eight-year term ends this month on the 20th is all set to deliver his farewell address to the nation from Chicago, his hometown on January 10, 2017.
In his address to supporters, via email, the President wrote that it was “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.”
Obama conveyed that he was pursuing a precedent put in place by George Washington 220 years ago which ensured a time-honoured peaceful transition of the presidency ever since.
It’s been the privilege of my life to serve as your President. I look forward to standing with you as a citizen. Happy New Year everybody.
— President Obama (@POTUS) January 1, 2017
In the email to supporters, he spoke about the challenges faced by his administration and how they were overcome by following the American tradition of staying united in times of crises.
“Since 2009, we’ve faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger,” Obama wrote in his email. “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.”
It is speculated that the January 10 address to the nation will include a final public appeal, while still in office, to safeguard the achievements of his eight years in office in the interest of the nation – the Affordable Care Act and the crusade against global warming and climate change to cite a couple of examples.
Reportedly, the farewell speech will be delivered at the McCormic Place, a sprawling convention center in Chicago overlooking the great Lake Michigan, one of the five great lakes of America and the only great lake which is completely in America and not shared by any other country.
Although vacationing in Honolulu, Hawaii, President Barack Obama, in his final days as the 44 the President of the United States, has initiated some courageous decisions along with his administration, including a series of sanctions against Putin’s Russia in retaliation to the alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election held in November last year.
Another bold decision worthy of mention during the last phase of his presidency is his administration’s effort to urge the United Nations Security Council to allow a resolution condemning the unlawful Israeli settlement in disputed Israeli-occupied territories.
“In 1796, as George Washington set the precedent for a peaceful, democratic transfer of power, he also set a precedent by penning a farewell address to the American people,” President Obama said in his email to supporters. “And over the 220 years since, many American presidents have followed his lead” He added, obviously, aware that his two-term presidency will be judged and assessed in comparison to his predecessors at the Oval Office.
“So I hope you’ll join me one last time. Because, for me, it’s always been about you,” said the President.
We take this opportunity to thank and bid a warm farewell to the 44th first family of America and wish them all the best for the future.
America and the world will miss you Mr.Obama!