President Obama's Farewell Address to the Nation

Thousands stood in line in the cold hoping to get a ticket and hear the first black president speak officially for the last time.
1:57 | 01/11/17

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In the meantime, president Obama has just arrived in Chicago tonight where he is preparing to deliver his farewell address. A new poll finding Mr. Obama with a 55% approval rating. That same poll on Donald Trump saying that 51% of Americans disapprove at how he is handling his job at president-elect. ABC's Tom llamas with us, and the president will speak a short time from now. Reporter: This is turning out to be quite the event, and the president is going to have this long walk down over to the podium in front of thousands of his supporters. Usually the speech the given in D.C., but he wanted it here in Chicago. He said, for me and Michelle, Chicago is where it all started, showing the fundamental goodness of the American people. We received excerpts of his speech tonight, and he writes this about Chicago. This is where I learned that change happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged and get together to demand it. He will be joined on stage with his family and the vice president. When he is done here, he flies back to Washington. His last official trip on air force one as commander in chief, David. Last trip. In the meantime, there have been new indications, Tom, of what president Obama plans to do after he is in office. Reporter: That's right, David. The president has said if Hillary Clinton won, he would basically give her the keys and just leave. But now he feels a responsibility to help elected Democrats to help rebuild the DNC and privately in other reports, he said that if president-elect trump is anything he vehemently opposes, he will not sit on the sidelines. ABC news will be carrying the farewell address at 9:00 P.M. Eastern here on ABC. We have president-elect Donald Trump's first formal news conference tomorrow morning. Also right here on ABC.

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