Thousands of people lined up outside Chicago’s McCormick Place for hours and in frigid temperature just to get their tickets for President Barack Obama’s farewell speech.
Obama is set to deliver his last speech of his eight-year term in office at the McCormick Place on Tuesday night. The venue is just a few miles from where he gave his victory speech after becoming the first black US president in November 2008.
Reports indicated that people started lining up before sunrise on Saturday for the scheduled 8 a.m. distribution of free tickets. Since it was a first-come-first-served basis, thousands of people lined up early.
However, the tickets for Obama’s farewell speech were scooped up early as well. Now, scalpers started to auction dozens of tickets on the secondary market. The asking price reaches as much as $5,000 each.
Chicago Tribune notes it is unclear if those tickets are real or could be legally sold. Steve Bernas, president of Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois, warned people against buying these tickets. He said that people will not know if they have been scammed until they get a “stop” at the door of the event.
Why Many Want to See Obama’s Farewell Speech in Chicago
For many, Obama’s decision to deliver his last speech in Chicago rather than in Washington D.C. added to the significance of his farewell address. They say it is like coming home for the president. Some also want to hear what his plans are after leaving the White House, and how they can support Obama again.
Prior to this speech, the president wrote an email to his supporters. He said: “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.”
His wife Michelle and Vice President Joe Biden will join Obama at his last speech in Chicago.
Have you fail to snag a ticket? Don’t worry. You can watch it live in CBS News program. The White House also assures that Obama’s farewell speech will also stream “live” online on www.wh.gov/Farewell or on www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse. The event will also be carried live by other broadcast/cable news channels as well.
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