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How Past Presidents Said Farewell To The Nation

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

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Harry Truman

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Dwight Eisenhower

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Richard Nixon

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Ronald Reagan

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George H. W. Bush

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Bill Clinton

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George W. Bush

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Barack Obama

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This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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