With the President’s farewell speech coming up this Tuesday, people in Chicago were keen to get tickets to hear their beloved President speak as the President of the United States of America for one last time. On a freezing early morning on January 7th, 2017 people waited in a huge queue to get their free tickets. They were asked to queue only after 6 am. But they started queuing way before that with the first person to get in line at 4:30 am. Kenita Christmas was first in line with her daughter to get the ticket.
Obama has decided to give his final speech as president in Chicago rather than Washington. The significance of it being that he gave his victory speech after winning the election and becoming the nation’s first ever black president in Chicago. Everyone is excited to experience the monumental event. The number of tickets that is available is not known but many people walked out without any on Saturday.
Obama has mentioned that he plans to center his speech thanking the American people for their support since his taking over as president. In a statement he wrote that he wants to thank the people for the amazing journey and for changing the country in the past eight years that has only proved to be for the best. He also said that the nation has faced challenges together and overcome it with the belief that – together we can change this country for the better.
Michelle Obama’s speech left everyone emotional and the upcoming speech on Tuesday could possibly end up being a room full of tears. The tradition of giving a farewell speech started ever since George Washington bid goodbye to his Americans in a speech before transferring the power to John Adams. The thousands that waited for their tickets in the cold tell us how much they are going to miss the president and his family.