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Obama gives final farewell speech

11th Jan 17 10:45 am

What did he have to say?

President Barack Obama gave his final farewell speech in Chicago, he told Americans to defend their democracy.

Obama took office eight years ago, he said: “By almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place”.

He told the American people that they need to consider things from each other’s perspective, saying “we have to pay attention and listen”.

Donald Trump is set to be sworn into office on 20 January, he has said he will undo some of Obama’s signature policies.

During Obama’s final message, he said: “I am asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change – but in yours.”

Around 18,00 people attended the farewell address at McCormick Place which is the largest convention centre in North America.

Tickets were free but some were being sold online for vast amounts, some were going for more than $1,000 (£820).

A huge 57 per cent of Americans view Obama favourably, this is according to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.

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