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Obama heads to Chicago for farewell speech

If historians wrote only one thing about Barack Obama they would likely note that 143 years after slavery a young Illinois senator became the first black president of the USBarack Obama travels to Chicago for his farewell speech Tuesday, returning to the town where his meteoric rise to become America’s first black president all began. Obama began his political career in the Windy City, working first as a community organizer in poverty-stricken black neighborhoods, then serving in the state legislature before becoming a US senator from Illinois. “I came of age, I understood my mission, when I moved to Chicago,” Obama said Thursday in a TV interview with Chicago’s CBS affiliate.

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