Washington, Dec 23: US President Barack Obama is preparing a major speech in Chicago slated for January as he prepares to leave the White House, according to government sources.
Obama's remarks are expected to include a thank you to Chicago and the state of Illinois for launching his political career, one that began as a state senator and then a US senator and then President, Politico reported on Thursday citing the sources as saying.
It is also being billed as a farewell speech that is expected to take place on January 10. The sources said Secret Service is surveying major venues for the event including McCormick Place in the United Centre, among others. However, there was no official confirmation from the White House.
Donald Trump will take the Oath of Office and be sworn in as America's 45th president on January 20. Chief Justice John Roberts of the US Supreme Court will administer the oath on the steps of the United States Capitol Building.