President Obama Just Penned His Final Letter To The American People, WE DARE YOU NOT TO CRY!

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Here we are. January 19th, 2017. I am not sure how to describe how I feel. Sadness? Obviously. Denial? Some. Anger? A lot, unfortunately. We shouldn’t be here. President Obama served his 8 years and his leaving has always been inevitable. But the election of Donald Trump, whom I still cannot refer to as “President Trump” out loud (I can write it, still I cringe), is an absolutely travesty.

That said, our incredible president has less than 24 hours left as our current president, and in a “parting letter” to the American people, President Obama reflected on his time in office, thanked his supporters and offered a way to keep in touch.

“Before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. Because all that I’ve learned in my time in office, I’ve learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.”

“I’ve seen neighbors and communities take care of each other during the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. I have mourned with grieving families searching for answers — and found grace in a Charleston church.”

The president also shared 11 photos from various moments throughout his presidency, including a powerful image from March 2015, when he and first lady Michelle Obama joined hands with Rep. John Lewis on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. to honor the 50th anniversary of the march over the bridge on “Bloody Sunday.”

Obama shared a link to a page on his foundation website as way for people to continue to get updates about his and the first lady’s post-White House work.

In his post, Obama urged Americans to push forward.

“And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We the People.’ ‘We shall overcome,’” he wrote. “Yes, we can.”

Here is his full letter:

It’s a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place. It’s a letter meant to share what we know, what we’ve learned, and what small wisdom may help our successor bear the great responsibility that comes with the highest office in our land, and the leadership of the free world.

But before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th. Because all that I’ve learned in my time in office, I’ve learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.

Throughout these eight years, you have been the source of goodness, resilience, and hope from which I’ve pulled strength. I’ve seen neighbors and communities take care of each other during the worst economic crisis of our lifetimes. I have mourned with grieving families searching for answers – and found grace in a Charleston church.

I’ve taken heart from the hope of young graduates and our newest military officers. I’ve seen our scientists help a paralyzed man regain his sense of touch, and wounded warriors once given up for dead walk again. I’ve seen Americans whose lives have been saved because they finally have access to medical care, and families whose lives have been changed because their marriages are recognized as equal to our own. I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and through their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees, or work for peace, and, above all, to look out for each other.

I’ve seen you, the American people, in all your decency, determination, good humor, and kindness. And in your daily acts of citizenship, I’ve seen our future unfolding.

All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work – the joyous work of citizenship. Not just when there’s an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime.

I’ll be right there with you every step of the way.

And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We the People.’ ‘We shall overcome.’

Yes, we can.

And if you’d like to stay connected, you can sign up here to keeping getting updates from me:

https://act.barackobamafoundation.org/Keep-In-Touch

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