Obama to deliver farewell address in Chicago on Jan. 10

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HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will deliver a farewell address on Jan. 10 to reflect on his time in office and say thank you to his supporters, he said in an email statement released on Monday.

Obama, noting that the first president of the United States, George Washington, had penned a farewell address in 1796, said he would deliver his speech in his hometown of Chicago.

"I'm thinking about (the remarks) as a chance to say thank you for this amazing journey, to celebrate the ways you've changed this country for the better these past eight years, and to offer some thoughts on where we all go from here," he said.

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Republican Donald Trump will be sworn in to office on Jan. 20. During his campaign for the White House, Trump pledged to undo many of Obama's signature policy measures, including his healthcare law.

Obama, who campaigned hard for Trump's Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, has sought to ensure a smooth transition of power despite major policy differences with his successor. He also leaves his party without a clear figurehead as he leaves the White House.

See the Obama family on their final White House vacation:

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REFILE - CORRECTING THE NAME OF THE SHOPU.S. President Barack Obama stands in line to get shave ice at Island Snow in Kailua, Hawaii, U.S. December 24, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama eats shave ice while talking with his daughter Malia in Kailua, Hawaii, U.S. December 24, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
REFILE - CORRECTING THE NAME OF THE SHOPU.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands after getting shave ice at Island Snow in Kailua, Hawaii, U.S. December 24, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
US President Obama gives his daughter Malia a taste of his shave ice at the Island Snow parlor in Kailua, Hawaii, on December 24, 2016. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Obama enjoys shave ice with his daughter Malia and friends at the Island Snow parlor in Kailua, Hawaii, on December 24, 2016. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Obama enjoys shave ice with his daughter Malia and friends at the Island Snow parlor in Kailua, Hawaii, on December 24, 2016. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Obama holds a baby as he greets wellwishers after enjoying shave ice at the Island Snow parlor in Kailua, Hawaii, on December 24, 2016. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama smiles after putting on the 18th green at Kapolei Golf Club with friends Bobby Titcomb (L) and Derrell Harrington during his Christmas holiday vacation in Kapolei, Hawaii, December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry
TOPSHOT - US President Barack Obama retrieves his ball after putting on the 18th green at the Kapolei Golf Club in Kapolei on December 21, 2016 during his annual Christmas vacation in Hawaii. / AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama holds hands with daughter Malia as he and his family step from Air Force One upon arrival in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. for their family vacation December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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"Since 2009, we've faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger," Obama said in the email, likely foreshadowing a theme for his speech.

"That's because we have never let go of a belief that has guided us ever since our founding - our conviction that, together, we can change this country for the better."


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