President Barack Obama announced that his farewell address as president would be delivered on January 10, 2017 in Chicago. The decision was announced in a release from the White House on Monday morning.
The President said, “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.”
He added, “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.”
Despite the election being won by the Republicans, President Obama leaves office with approval rating at 56%, placing the assessment of his presidency among the more popular outgoing commanders-in-chief like Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. At this point in 2009, President George W. Bush’s approval rating was about 32%.