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President Obama teases farewell speech with LGBT gratitude

The President and first Lady will return to Chicago on Jan. 10.
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President Obama is preparing his farewell speech to be given in Chicago on Tuesday, January 10.

The Democrat will step down as president of the United States, and hand over the reigns to Republican businessman and reality television star Donald Trump.

Obama recently reflected on his time serving the country on the White House website in which he thanks everyone who supported him through the years and made positive change in America:

“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.

So I hope you’ll join me one last time.

Because, for me, it’s always been about you.”

The president also made a statement on his Twitter page, reminding people of all the hard work they have done to bring about change in the LGBT community.

“As we look ahead to the future, I wanted to take a moment to look back on the remarkable progress that you made possible these past 8 years.”

From realizing marriage equality to removing barriers to opportunity, we’ve made history in our work to reaffirm that all are created equal.”

President-elect Donald Trump will be  sworn into office on January 20, 2017.