Photograph of Barack Obama with red and black text, all on white background.
As Barack Obama prepared to deliver his Farewell Address on January 10, 2017, at McCormick Place in his hometown of Chicago, IL, thousands lined up for a chance to grab free tickets. Despite freezing temperatures, crowds were lined up as early as 4 a.m. on January 7th for a chance at tickets to be handed out at 8 a.m. Souvenir stands lined up with the crowds to offer farewell memorabilia such as limited edition items with phrases of, “Farewell Mr. President,” and, “Best President Ever.” While only about 2000 tickets were given out, the world was able to watch the farewell address via a 360-degree video filmed by an LA based company, VRScout. Obama’s farewell speech was the first presidential speech to be broadcast live in 360-degree video.
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Eltagouri, Marwa. (2017, January 7). “Crowd full of hope lines up in bitter cold for tickets to Obama farewell speech.” Chicago Tribune. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-no-more-tickets-to-obama...