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Transcript Of President Obama's Farewell Address Will Inspire & Make You Cry

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While 2016 was a year of many firsts, it was also the last full year of President Barack Obama's second term as our nation's leader. And as incoming President Trump prepares to take the helm, our current president is saying goodbye. Tuesday, Jan. 10 marks a significant date in the history of America: Obama took the stage at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, Illinois — the city the president has called home since 1985 — to deliver his farewell address, and thank all of his supporters for everything they've done over the years to help him move the country forward. And the transcript of Obama's farewell address in and of itself is enough to turn any stone cold hater into a true believer.

The precedent of presidents giving farewell addresses was set by George Washington in 1796, and has historically taken place in Washington, D.C. However, in a move that represents the full circle nature of Obama's journey, he returned to Chicago, the setting of his 2009 victory speech, steadfastly remaining true to his "of the people" self.

While, for many, this transition to a Donald Trump presidency is proving to be an emotionally taxing, despairing time, Obama's speech couldn't have been more prompt. Offering hope to the hopeless has been Obama's most distinguished achievement, and this speech was no different. Thousands gathered to get tickets to the event, thousands gathered in Chicago, and millions of Americans tuned in to see the end of an era.

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Need some inspiration? You can read the full transcript of President Obama's farewell speech below:

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