During a farewell ceremony hosted by the Department of Defense, U.S. President Obama said that sending personnel into harms way should be ''compelled by the needs of our security and not our politics.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and the Department of Defense hosted an Armed Forces Full Honor Review Farewell ceremony for U.S. President Barack Obama at Joint Base Meyer-Henderson in Virginia on Wednesday (January 4). The Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service was presented to Obama. Speaking afterwards, Obama gave thanks to the men and women who have served under his presidency. "We are called to remember core principles - that we must never hesitate to act when necessary to defend our nation but we must also never rush into war because sending you into harms way should be a last and not first resort. It should be compelled by the needs of our security and not our politics," said Obama. 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. 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.