AFTER eight years in the White House, Barack Obama is deliver his final speech as president of the United States.
closes the book on his presidency on Tuesday, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters felled by Donald Trump's shock victory.
Obama's last trip on Air Force One will be a pilgrimage to his adoptive hometown, where he will address a sell-out crowd not far from where he accepted the presidency eight years ago.
Diehard fans – many African Americans – have braved Chicago's frigid winter to collect free tickets, which now sell for upwards of $1,000 a piece on Craigslist.
The First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will come along on for the ride.
Obama will return to his hometown of Chicago and will bid farewell to the nation at the McCormick Place convention.
Tickets for Barack Obama’s farewell speech – a free event – ran out in 30 minutes after some 7,000 thousands braved -7C conditions to wait in line outside the venue.
It will be the first time a president has returned to his hometown to deliver such a speech.
It is believed Obama decided to give the speech in Chicago rather than Washington because back in 2008, he delivered his victory speech after becoming the nation’s first black president.
Obama’s final speech could offer advice to the country’s next president – Donald Trump – who will become the 45th President of the United States on January 20.