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Get Ready for Obama's Farewell Address by Revisiting His First Major Speech

Back in 2004, Obama debuted his public-speaking chops and introduced himself to the nation with the Democratic National Convention keynote speech. It feels like a long, long time ago.

by Lauren Messman
Jan 10 2017, 7:20pm

Barack Obama exiting the White House on November 6, 2016. Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Well, it's happening. In ten short days, President Obama will collect his things and leave the White House, handing the keys to the country over to Donald Trump.

But before he heads out, the outgoing president has a few final words for his weary, divided nation. On Tuesday, Obama will give his final speech to roughly 14,000 people at Chicago's McCormick Place, where he's not only expected to defend Obamacare and the recovering economy, but encourage future leaders, according to his aides.

The farewell speech will be broadcast live on a handful of networks as well as livestreamed from the White House website at 9 PM EST.

Until then, watch a fresh-faced Barry O deliver the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, back when he was just an obscure senator from Illinois. The speech is largely considered Obama's introduction to the nation, where he debuted his public-speaking chops, long before anyone considered he'd run for president. Grab some tissues, remember what it was like to have hope, and watch Young Obama do his thing.