Farewell President: Barack Obama says change happens when ordinary people get engaged

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Chicago, Jan 11: It was an emotional moment for all Barack Obama fans, as the outgoing President gave his farewell speech in his hometown Chicago on Tuesday night (US time).

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In the very beginning of his speech, Obama addressed the 'ordinary people' of America.

He said changes happen when ordinary people get engaged.

The Nobel Laureate also spoke on democracy.

"Work of democracy has always been hard, contentious. Democracy requires basic sense of solidarity," Obama.

"I first came to Chicago when I was in my early twenties, still trying to figure out who I was; still searching for a purpose to my life," CNN quoted Obama as saying.

"This is where I learned that change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it," added Obama.

As usual, Obama decided to go against the norms, and instead of the Oval Office or East Room for his last formal set of remarks, Obama chose Chicago -- the city where he declared victory in 2008 and 2012 -- to address a sold-out crowd of supporters.

Earlier, he wrote on Facebook that he was returning to the city "where it all started."

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