President Obama's Farewell Address Set for Night of Tuesday, Jan. 10

President Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address to the country on Tuesday, Jan. 10, the White House has announced.

Speaking from McCormick Place in his hometown of Chicago, President Obama’s closing remarks will serve 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,” he shared in an email to supporters.

Obama also referenced George Washington’s inaugural farewell address, which in 1796 “set the precedent for a peaceful, democratic transfer of power.”

Farewell addresses typically run in primetime, either in the 8 or 9 o’clock hour, and last around 15 to 20 minutes. With most of ABC, CBS and Fox’s Tuesday programming set to resume this week, the only major return on tap for Jan. 10 is NBC’s This Is Us, at 9 pm.

President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn into office on Friday, Jan.20.

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31 Comments
  1. Rick Katze says:

    Do it at 9pm. NCIS is on at 8pm.

    • rob horine says:

      Gibbs or Obama? Who’s the one who can give you more problems. The answer is Mark Harmon. Move it to 9am Sunday Morning. Cause I won’t be watching. At least he isn’t doing it during The Price is Right.

    • Chloe says:

      Fortunately, NCIS is a rerun that night. My TV will stay turned off. Nothing personal against Obama. I don’t think I’ve watched a “bye bye” speech since Reagan.

  2. Scott says:

    Just go away you country wrecking A clown . You have nothing to say that is worth listening too .

  3. anon says:

    Obama isn’t going anywhere so I’m not sure why he needs a farewell speech? He’s the first president who will have 3 terms!

    Right?

    Just let me believe that for next few weeks please.

  4. Paul says:

    Hail To The Chief at the start and Thank God and Greyhound He’s Gone at the finish. Now if we can get rid of Rap & Hip Hop like we got rid of Disco there’s hope for America.

  5. Sarah says:

    I really hope it’s at 8 because Bones is on at 9.

  6. I'm Batman says:

    Not too soon enough. Pity he hasn’t left office already and President Trump be in charge now.

    • wgsecretary says:

      The inauguration isn’t until the 20th. That is when Trump is sworn in. He’s not technically in charge yet.

    • Mary says:

      You are in that much of a hurry for the circus, wow. You should enjoy the stability for the next couple of weeks because when the clueless wonder come in nobody life will be the same. Everyone should watch and see what a mature diplomatic President should actually be, not the classless 5 year old who has difficulty forming an intelligent statement and attacks on twitter.

  7. Bluegal says:

    Certain posters here scare me.

  8. Bill says:

    So does that mean shows will be delayed 15-20 minutes or they will just resume already in progress? Gotta set the DVr accordingly

  9. I hope he doesn’t screw up This Is Us. I’ve been looking forward to that.

  10. Mary says:

    It would have been fitting if Obama scheduled it on Monday during The Apprentice. Monday night TV isn’t that great to miss.

  11. Brigid says:

    Sorry to see him leave. A total class act in my book!

  12. Ron Wendt says:

    WHO CARES…PUT IT ON LIKE 3AM

  13. Ron says:

    WHO CARES PUT IT ON AT 3AM