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Obama To Deliver Farewell Address In Chicago

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Ten days before President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office, President Barack Obama will say goodbye from the same city that launched his political career. The presidential farewell will take place on the evening of Jan. 10 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. In an email expected to be sent out Monday morning, Obama said he was taking his cue from George Washington, who “set the precedent for a peaceful, democratic transfer of power” and penned a farewell address in 1796.

“I’m just beginning to write my remarks,” he wrote. “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.” In the email, Obama said the nation has faced a number of challenges in the past eight years, but emerged stronger. The event will be open to the public. According to the White House website, tickets will be handed out on a first come first serve basis at McCormick Place Jan. 7.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Rolf

    This will be such a sad occasion. The departure of one of the most intelligent, progressive, humanitarian,dignified and even hilarious presidents the US had ever had for a narcissistic, classless, bourgeois, infantile, politically inept, socially regressive and bombastic (I could go on and on) boor.
    I still can’t believe this is really happening.

    • bill weber

      He did a few good things, like the Sotomayor appointment, but was mostly a neoliberal criminal with good manners.

      • Silver Badger

        You sound like a trump patsy. You will miss President Obama just a few short months into the failed trump administration. I won’t save a place for you in the soup line.

        • bill weber

          You can always tell a true Dembot by the absolute refusal to address any criticism of one of their neoliberal heroes, or to even recognize that someone to their left ever has a point.

          • Silver Badger

            Wrong. The Democrats are way to conservative. I’m a little to the left of Mao.

  • Chucktech

    Thank you, Mr. President Barack Obama, for your outstanding and dignified and presidential service to our country. I will be listening, tearfully and ruefully, to your farewell address.

    • bill weber

      Maybe he can apologize for this (along with expanding surveillace, drones, etc):

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/opinion/sunday/if-donald-trump-targets-journalists-thank-obama.html?_r=0

      • Silver Badger

        I believe you’re lost. Breitbart is a right turn.

        • bill weber

          Is James Risen lying? Are those journalism organizations?

          • Silver Badger

            Ask Alex Jones. They seem to be birds of a feather.

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  • Silver Badger

    What a great time to declare the election to be invalid and rally his supporters to rise up and take our country back from the dark side.

    • bill weber

      Ah, as long as it’s YOUR kind of dictatorship. The heart of a true War Democrat.

      • Silver Badger

        Damn straight. So, how long have you been an anti-American trump supporter? Perhaps you want a cabinet position of your own? How rich are you?

      • Skokieguy [Larry]

        What is the point of your posts?

    • bob

      Declare it invalid, how….? And wouldn’t that be a coup?

      Just asking what kind of country you think this should be?

      • Silver Badger

        It should be the kind of country where elections can’t be stolen. Where those that try are punished to the fullest extent of the law.

        • bob

          Then what would you do with Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, who stole the primary from Bernie?

          Just asking.

          • Silver Badger

            Firing squad.

  • PickyPecker
  • Michael R
  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Well guess it’s time to re-stock the emergency alcohol room. I’m sure there will be a run on the liquor store before the coronation of the dumbass.

    • safari

      You can ring some out of my liver in a dire situation.

      • Silver Badger

        It took me a minute, but I believe you meant wring.

        • safari

          Yes. I do not actually think I have my liver hooked into ma bell at the moment.

          • Silver Badger

            I’m always glad when someone points out a spelling error to my posts.

          • safari

            Homophones get me most every time.

          • Uncle Mark
          • Acronym Jim

            I love multi-use products.

          • bambinoitaliano

            Those homophonics are just deplorable.

          • bambinoitaliano

            As long as it does chime ding dong :p

          • Uncle Mark

            That’s how my liver orders more liquor. Communicating thru the brain, fingers & mouth can become a painfully slow pathway for a liver in desperate need

    • Silver Badger

      Isn’t it amazing that trump can be a dumbass and a halfass at the same time!

    • greenmanTN

      I don’t know about you, but I’m about ready to go full-on Kitty Dukakis and drink rubbing alcohol!

  • PickyPecker
    • medaka

      My oh my, that is lovely!

      Oh who am I kidding. Fuck.

      • PickyPecker

        Happy NY to you and yours, dear! xo

        • medaka

          From me and mine to you and yours too, Sweetie!

          xoxoxox

      • CatApostrophe

        it IS lovely….but yeah, fuck…

    • medaka

      PS: Where is that Bowie image from?

      Never seen it before, and I thought I’d seen them all.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ymyWS82NsY

      • JWC

        Ziggy Stardust??

  • marshlc

    “to celebrate the ways you’ve changed this country”

    And there is the difference between Trump and Obama in one word. Trump would say “I’ve changed this country”.

    • Curieux Bleu

      Obama helped the country achieve many positive changes which the Rethugs/Trump can’t wait to erase. Unfortunately …

      And the “Republic” is NOT a democracy, as we can clearly see from the Nov 9th result, which is clearly not democratically legitimate, but is an oligarchy that pretends to represent “We the people”, which is complete bullshit.

      Morally Hillary won by 3 million votes overall but in archaic Electoral College terms lost 3 critical states by a total of 105,000 votes, which were denied post electoral review.

      Against all this illegitimate Teabagistan gerrymandered and voter suppressed ascendancy to the levers of power I see I am getting emails from Our Revolution, rather than from the elitist, defeated and silent DNC.

      (At least some people are pushing back from the get go.)

      It would be nice to see a couple of million people in the streets with signs and banners on January 20th, but I am not holding my breath.

      The Democratic Party also needs to be remade, or else replaced. The present one does not know how to fight evil successfully. Including homophobia, misogyny, sexism, racism and staggering income equality.

      We’ll soon see whether the 48 Dems in the Senate are fighters or not. But if they are I guess McConnell will just dump the SCOTUS filibuster, and bye bye to meaningful justice at the highest level and to so called checks and balances.

      As just one of millions of Canucks, we collectively do not want to see the US screwed over, but we can only wish you well, with your seemingly unlimited “freedoms”. Up here hate speech and spreading false news can be challenged in the courts and sometimes is… and successfully so.

      I shed real tears on your election night but in the end it is up to Americans themselves to courageously come to the rescue of your nation, if that is even going to be possible, and we fervently hope so up here, though we march to the beat of a far different drummer.

  • ColdCountry

    Gee, he’s not selling the tickets?

    • bob

      I would tell you that it’s time you take the reality pill…..

      In terms of civil liberties, the Constitution, law enforcement, he has been a national disaster. I hate him because I’m rational, and deluded by the cult of his inexplicable celebrity….

    • Skokieguy [Larry]

      Credit card act prevented companies from arbitrarily raising rates on existing balances and many other significant benefits that in the past has forced some families into bankruptcy.

      Direct student loan lending from the government, instead of the banks getting the interest and profit and the banks suffering no risk because of government guarantees.

      Cash for clunkers also helped the auto industry.

      Paris Climate treaty

      Lilly Ledbetter act to make it easier for women to actual have legal recourse when they are not receiving equal pay.

      Oh yeah, Osama bin Laden

  • CatApostrophe

    How early in the morning do you think I need to get in line on the 7th? McCormick is pretty huge but I live in a different part of the city ‘n it’d be a bitch to get there, but I SUPER wanna go to this.

    • TuuxKabin

      Prolly more like how late the night before should you get there? I dunno. But I have a feeling it’s going to be an incredible turn out. Network. Find out if there is/are residents, community centers in the area who will open up space to accommodate people who’ve traveled from far. Give them some refuge from the elements before returning home after scoring a ticket. Good luck. Hope you get a ticket. Let us know?

  • greenmanTN

    “Dude, you could sell those tickets and make, like, a BUTTLOAD of cash!”- Eric Trump, the one who is slightly scarier than the others, who evokes the Uncanny Valley despite being real (more or less).

  • JCF

    “Change has come to America”: 2008

    Change departs America, as Massive Regression arrives. Sigh.

  • andrew

    Thank you Mr. Obama for your dignified and rational leadership during these last eight years.

    • bob

      and for covering up the NSA, and jailing Chelsea Manning and Snowden, and for murdering an American citizen through drones without due process, screwing Israel, and ‘evolving’ on marriage when it was safe…. Thanks!

  • bob

    can’t come soon enough…..

  • JWC

    I am one of many who say that the presidency of Mr Obama was one of the best presidencies on record and I start back with HS Truman. Here was a man who had no personal agenda , who only did what he thought best for his fellow man. He was a man who embraced all segments of society as equals, He filled is office with tough decisions made mamoth strides in health business and education in spite of little or no help from the senate and did it all wiith a brilliant sense of humor. I wish him and his beautiful talented and highly educated First lady Michelle all the best in their next phase of their wonderful lives