02 January, Washington
US President Barack Obama will deliver a farewell address on Jan 10 to reflect on his time in office and say thank you to his supporters, he said in an email statement released today.
Obama, noting that the first President of the United States, George Washington, had penned a farewell address in 1796, said he would deliver his speech in his hometown of Chicago.
Republican Donald Trump will be sworn in to office on Jan 20. During his campaign for the White House, Trump pledged to undo many of Obama’s signature policy measures, including his healthcare law.
Obama, who campaigned hard for Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, has sought to ensure a smooth transition of power despite major policy differences with his successor. He also leaves his party without a clear figurehead as he leaves the White House.