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Read Obama's Thank You Note to America

"You made me a better President, and you made me a better man."

by Lauren Messman
Jan 19 2017, 8:15pm

Photo via the White House Flickr account

Well, the day is here—Thursday marks President Obama's final day in office before passing the keys to the White House (and the country) off to Donald Trump.

But before he and his family leave 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Obama wrote a few parting words directly to the American people on the White House website. The letter echoes some of the same sentiments he carried through his final farewell address earlier this month, reiterating the importance of upholding democratic ideals.

"And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person," Obama writes. "The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word 'We.'"

It sort of reads like a dad writing to his kid before they head off to college for the next four years or something, if that college was Trump University where students get swindled out of all their money. Regardless, it quells some of the uncertainty many people may feel about what lies ahead and offers reassurance that he'll be "right there with you every step of the way."

Thanks, Obama.