The Purpose of the Presidential Farewell Speech


President Barack Obama returns to Chicago on Tuesday to deliver his farewell address. Jason DeSanto, a senior lecturer at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law, joins us to discuss the purpose of these speeches, memorable words from past presidents and what Obama may touch upon at the highly anticipated McCormick Place event.


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Jan. 10: Thousands of spectators will gather at McCormick Place to watch President Barack Obama conclude his two-term presidency in the city where his political life began 20 years ago.


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Jan. 9: A little more than eight years ago, Barack Obama gave his presidential acceptance speech in Grant Park. Tuesday, he’ll bookend his presidency with a much anticipated farewell address at McCormick Place.


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