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President Obama speaks at McCormick Place in Chicago, on Jan. 10, 2017, giving his presidential farewell address. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)
President Obama speaks at McCormick Place in Chicago, on Jan. 10, 2017, giving his presidential farewell address. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

There's nothing traditional about what's happening in Washington this week.

President Trump is the first president in more than 150 years to skip the inauguration of his successor. He recorded a final message but he will not deliver a high-profile, televised farewell address as some past presidents have done.

Here & Now's Alex Ashlock has a report on how past presidents have said goodbye.

Past Presidents' Farewell Addresses

Sen. Chris Coons reads George Washington's 1796 farewell address

Harry Truman

Dwight Eisenhower

Richard Nixon

Ronald Reagan

George H. W. Bush

Bill Clinton

George W. Bush

Barack Obama

This segment aired on January 19, 2021.

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