U.S. President Barack Obama begins to thank his supporters and reminisce about his start in community organizing in Chicago, before he's interrupted with chants of ''four more years.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama gave a farewell speech to the nation on Tuesday night, looking back at his legacy as he encourages supporters demoralized by the election of Republican Donald Trump to feel optimism about the future of the country. The Democratic president is feeling some nostalgia as he prepares to leave the White House on Jan. 20 after eight years in office. His top policy achievements were jolted by the Nov. 8 election of Trump, who has threatened to undo Obama's actions on issues ranging from advancing healthcare reform to curbing climate change. In an 8 p.m. CST (0200 GMT Wednesday) speech at McCormick Place, the city's main convention center, Obama began by talking about how his experience in Chicago - at the start of his political career - taught him that change happens from the grassroots. "I first came to Chicago when I was in my early twenties, still trying to figure out who I was; still searching for a purpose to my life," Obama said. "It was in neighbourhoods not far from here where I began working with church groups in the shadows of closed steel mills. It was on these streets where I witnessed the power of faith, and the quiet dignity of working people in the face of struggle and loss." He was then interrupted by chants of "four more years," to which he replied he could not do. First lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, his wife, Jill Biden, and many current and former White House staff members and campaign workers were expected to attend the speech.