Wednesday, January 4, 2017

President Obama is Coming Home & to the Sloop for His Farewell Speech

In case you didn't get enough politics in 2016, January 2017 shows no signs of slowing down.

Obviously the inauguration is happening on January 20th and that means a certain former Chicago resident will officially be out of a job.

Before President Obama is done, he's coming back home to our neighborhood (or should we call it McCormick Square) for his final farewell speech (via ABC7):
President Barack Obama will give his final farewell speech on Jan. 10 at Chicago's McCormick Place, the White House confirmed Monday. 
The event will be free and open to the public, but tickets are required. 
Tickets will be distributed at McCormick Place on Saturday. The exact time of the ticket release has not yet been set. Only one ticket per person. 
"This is where his roots are. This is where his biggest support is," said Alderman Joe Moore (49th Ward). 
When Obama speaks in Chicago, city that launched the 44th president's political career, it will be 10 days before Donald Trump takes over as president.

This isn't super surprising.  Obama has held some of his most important and historic celebrations and speeches in our hood.  For his re-election he held the election night celebration rally at McCormick Place in 2012.

He also celebrated his victory in 2008 on Hutchinson Field in Grant Park.  That was a pretty amazing night and felt like a different time.

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