President Barack Obama will host a final farewell party at the White House on Jan. 20, his final day in office.
The Daily Mail reports that the Obamas will throw a huge party at the White House, which is expected to be attended by celebrities and A-list donors such as Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Samuel L. Jackson, Usher, Oprah Winfrey, George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, and Bradley Cooper.
Ten days before the party, Obama will address the nation for the final time from McCormick Place in Chicago. He plans to deliver his farewell speech on Jan. 10, in the same city he gave is introductory speech as president.
First Lady Michelle Obama also plans to present a farewell speech, which she hopes to give to the nation some time this month.
The Obamas are no strangers to star-studded parties at the White House, as the president held his 55th birthday there in August, and Michelle had her 50th there in 2014. Both events were attended by a gala of stars including Al Roker, Ashley Judd, Donna Karan, and Disney CEO Bob Iger.
In an email to supporters, the president referenced our founding father as inspiration for his own farewell address:
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.
According to WLS, the president’s farewell speech will be free and open to the public, but tickets will be required for entry. Tickets will be distributed in McCormick Park this weekend.
Sources: Daily Mail, WLS / Photo credit: OnlineSheetMusic