President Barack Obama says he and President-elect Donald Trump are "sort of opposites in some ways".
But in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC's "This Week", the outgoing chief executive said he recognizes that the Democratic Party has lost a lot of power during his watch, and wishes he had done more to strengthen it.
Clea Braendel, who was also able to score a ticket, says, "As a person who just voted in this recent election for the first time, it's really special to be able to see him speak live".
The sitting president offered encouragement to his fellow Americans, who he said have hit obstacles since he took office. Thanks to the beauty of technology, and the effectiveness of the White House team, there is a way for those of us who didn't fearless the cold, and those of us without tickets or TVs, to watch the monumental address: It's going to be live-streamed, on the White House website Tuesday night. "And know that I will be with you, rooting for you and working to support you for the rest of my life".
The Obamas told a young fan in December that they had been planning a farewell party, but that it would a "grown-up" affair, PEOPLE reports. "He should not get any flack for that - you're a good dancer", she said.
"The CVS experience with Michelle Obama was pretty cool and dancing with Barack at his birthday party".
The White House confirmed on Thursday, January 5, that they would host an event, with spokesman Josh Earnest saying: "Over the years, the president and first lady have on occasion - not frequently, but on occasion - they've hosted parties at the White House for their friends".
Those in attendance included George and Amal Clooney, Robert De Niro, George Lucas, Meryl Streep, David Letterman, and Paul McCartney to name a few.
The presence of so many celebrities may contrast to the turnout for Mr Trump's inauguration. Performers like Elton John and Garth Brooks have declined.
Together, we've achieved what eluded politicians of both parties for a century - we've moved 20 million more Americans from uninsured to insured, ended the days of discrimination against the up to half of Americans who have a preexisting condition, and secured new rights and protections for everybody with health insurance.
While photos from inside the function were restricted, several guests shared images from the White House grounds on social media.
For many who scored a ticket to President Barack Obama's farewell address at McCormick Place next week, waking up hours before the Saturday sunrise to fearless the frigid cold and winds off Lake Michigan was well worth it.