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Obama's farewell speech will be a call to action, aides say

Obama's farewell speech will be a call to action, aides say

President Barack Obama's farewell address at McCormick Place on Tuesday night is not intended as a victory lap, but a call to action to the next generation of leaders, White House officials said.

"It's a passing of the baton," White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a group of reporters on the eve of Obama's last speech to the nation.

The speech is set for 8 p.m. at the lakefront convention center. Planning began last summer, when Obama, Psaki and other top advisers were mapping out the final months of his eight years in office. She said when Obama was told that previous presidents had delivered farewell remarks, he asked aides if the speech had to be delivered from...

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