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U.S. President Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd as he arrives to deliver his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., January 10, 2017. REUTERS/John Gress

Obama’s Farewell Brings an End to an Era

After I moved to Chicago in 2003, I started covering a “skinny kid with a funny name.” Now he really wasn’t a kid at that time, but I was a mere 26 years old. I have seen the image in my mirror change and I have seen the man who became our President change as well with each image.

Last night was a fitting and emotional end to a chapter of my life which I will never forget.

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Obama heckled during immigration speech in Chicago

Obama heckled during immigration speech in Chicago

I photographed the Presidents speech on Immigration last night in Chicago for the international news agency Getty Images, which was surprisingly interrupted by hecklers. After they came at him from very angle his reaction to them was calm and effective.

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Activist Diane Latiker poses for a portrait in her Chicago office. There is a troubled neighborhood on the south side of Chicago that shaped much of Obama's fervor on gun control--even before he was elected to the state Senate. A profile of Roseland, which has been hit hard in the recent surge in murders in Chicago, and how it affected Obama's views. A profile of the neighborhood and efforts to curb violence there. Photo by John Gress, Freelance

Violence plagues Chicago area that shaped Obama’s views

From the violence-plagued neighborhood where a young Barack Obama cut his teeth as a community organizer, activist Diane Latiker watched the president deliver his election night victory speech. She felt a certain pride as he called for an America that was open to the “young boy on the South Side of Chicago who sees life beyond the nearest street corner.”

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Messina: Obama Won On The Small Stuff

Romney aide admits: “We thought the game would be one thing, and it ended up being another.”

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Its Obama!

Four years ago I photographed election night from a scissor lift on the President’s left, and this year was more of the same. However last time we seemed so far removed from the crowd, that I was in disbelief until the next day. Being there last night made me think of the last four years and it made me imagine what the next four years will bring.

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