Well This Is Emotional

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So long, old friend.

After sitting through Donald Trump‘s rendition of Be Prepared from The Lion King inauguration, Barack Obama has officially left the Capitol.

Though he will continue to live in Washington, the outgoing POTUS is leaving town with his family for a vacation in Palm Springs, California.

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Before boarding his last flight on the military aircraft that transports presidents, the affable politician gave brief farewell remarks to his staff and supporters at Joint Base Andrews.

The former (ugh) Commander in Chief started his final farewell by cracking a classic Obama-style joke about his long goodbye tour, quipping:

“Michelle and I have really been milking this goodbye thing.”

And we don’t regret one second of it! Obama continued his short speech by praising the American people, saying:

“I said before and I will say again that when we started on this journey, we did so with an abiding faith in the American people and their ability, our ability to join together and change the country in ways that would make life better for our kids and our grandkids. That change did not happen from the top down, it happened from the bottom up.”

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The 55-year-old then toasted his supporters for their belief in the Democratic process and faith in his administration, adding:

“Some folks did not think we could pull it off. There were those who felt that the institutions of power and privilege in this country were to deeply entrenched and yet, all of you came together in small towns and big cities, a whole bunch of you really young, and you decided to believe.”

Even though the hope of Obama’s legacy will be pissed on by his orange successor, we can still look back on eight amazing years with this wonderful man in the Oval Office!

Watch a clip of Obama’s FINAL final address — and emotional Washington departure — (below)!

[Image via PBS News Hour/Twitter.]

Jan 20, 2017 2:28pm PDT

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