WATCH ABOVE: Obama gets standing ovation during final official speech as president
“Our constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We the people give it power,” he said to a packed convention centre in Chicago.
In wide-ranging address that touted his record as president and spelled out his hopes for the country’s future, he rallied against racism, religious intolerance and economic inequality.
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The address took place in the family’s hometown of Chicago at the McCormick Place convention centre. Thousands of supporters lined up for hours in frigid temperatures to get tickets, the Associated Press reported.
President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration is set for Jan. 20.
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