Barack Obama says his 'work will always be unfinished' ahead of his final speech as US president in Chicago
Tissues at the ready – Barack Obama is returning to Chicago for one last speech.
In his final address as the world’s coolest president, in the city where he launched his political career, he will plea for Americans not to lose faith in their future (no matter what they think of the next president).
He’ll deliver the parting speech in front of thousands in McCormick Place and streamed live on Facebook, and it’s bound to be emosh. Obama gave us a preview with an inspiring post.
Obama said: “We’ve run our leg in a long relay of progress, knowing that our work will always be unfinished. And we’ve reaffirmed the belief that we can make a difference with our own hands, in our own time.
“It’s easy to lose sight of that in the blizzard of our minute-to-minute Washington news cycles. But America is a story told not minute to minute, but generation to generation – a story written by parents, and teachers, and veterans, and neighbours who’ve taken on the call of citizenship, working together, without fanfare, to form a more perfect union.”
His daunting task now – the closing act of his presidential career – is to explain how his vision of America remains relevant and achievable for Democrats in the Trump era.