President Barack Obama wants to say "thank you," and he's going to do it next Tuesday from Chicago. In an email statement put out Monday, Obama writes that his farewell address will be the next in what has been a long line: "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."
Obama says he is just starting to write his address, which he is viewing 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." The Chicago Tribune reports the public event will take place at McCormick Place, and tickets will be doled out from that location on a first come first serve basis this Saturday. Those who can't attend in person can watch the evening address here. (Read more Barack Obama stories.)