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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

President Obama Holds His Final Press Conference

President Barack Obama held his final press conference today in the White House. He thanked the White House Press Corps for its work over his two terms for asking tough questions. "You’re not supposed to be complimentary, you’re supposed to cast a critical eye on folks who hold enormous power and make sure that we are accountable to the people who sent us here, and you have done that," the president said.

"America needs you and our democracy needs you," President Obama continued. "We need you to establish a baseline of facts and evidence that we can use as a starting point for the kind of reasoned and informed debates that ultimately lead to progress. And so my hope is is that you will continue with the same tenacity that you showed us, to do the hard work of getting to the bottom of stories and getting them right and to push those of us in power to be the best version of ourselves and to push this country to be the best version of itself."

Here is the video of the press conference.


The New York Times released a full transcription of the press conference.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

President Obama Presents VP Biden with Medal of Freedom


President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Freedom on Vice President Joe Biden today.in a surprise ceremony at the White House attended by Biden's extended family and by his staff and former staff members.

"For the final time as president I am pleased to award our nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom," President Obama said.  "For the first and only time in my presidency I will bestow this medal with an additional level of veneration, I am proud to award the President Medal of Freedom with Distintion, to by brother, Joseph R. Biden, Jr."



A proclaimation was read, stating in part: 

"With his charm, candor, unabashed optimism and deep and abiding patriotism, Joe Biden has garnered the respect and esteem of colleagues of both parties, and the friendship of people across the nation and around the world."

"What an incredible journey this has been," Vice President Biden said in accepting the award. "This honor is not only well beyond what I deseve, but it is a reflection on the extent and generosity of your spirit. " 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

President Obama's Final Weekly Address, January 7, 2017

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza 

In this week’s address, President Barack Obama discusses his upcoming farewell address to the nation, which takes place at 9:00 p.m. (EST) on Monday, January 10, 2017.  You can view the live farewell address here

The White House statement reads:

In 1796, as George Washington set the precedent for a peaceful, democratic transfer of power, he also set a precedent by penning a farewell address to the American people. And over the 220 years since, many American presidents have followed his lead.

Next week, the President will return to his hometown of Chicago to say a grateful farewell to the nation. This will mark the first time that a President has returned to his hometown to deliver such a speech.

The President has said that the running thread through his career has been the notion that when ordinary people get involved, get engaged and come together, things change for the better. This belief is at the heart of the American experiment in self-government – and it gives purpose to new generations.



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Monday, January 2, 2017

President Obama Delivering His Farewell Address on January 10 in Chicago


"In 1796, as George Washington set the precedent for a peaceful, democratic transfer of power, he also set a precedent by penning a farewell address to the American people. And over the 220 years since, many American presidents have followed his lead.

"On Tuesday, January 10, I’ll go home to Chicago to say my grateful farewell to you, even if you can’t be there in person.

"I’m just beginning to write my remarks. But I’m thinking about them 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.


"Since 2009, we’ve faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger. 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."