AP/KSLA - President Barack Obama opened his farewell address in his hometown of Chicago Tuesday night, thanking thousands of supporters and reaffirming his belief in the power of change.
Obama, standing before thousands in his hometown, Chicago, reflect on his origins as a community organizer who witnessed "the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss." He argued change is only possible "when ordinary people get involved" and join forces to demand progress.
Obama said that in 10 days the world will witness the peaceful transfer of power to a new president, drawing some jeers ahead of Donald Trump's presidency.
He also said he committed to Trump that his administration would "ensure the smoothest possible transition" just as his predecessor, President George W. Bush, did for him
Obama thanked his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha for sacrificing for his political dreams before turning to Joe Biden, declaring his vice president was the first and best choice he made.