President Obama Says One Final Thank You To The American People

"When the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person."

President Obama is well aware that he is being succeeded by a man who delivered a promise of hope markedly different from his in 2008. In his final weeks in the White House, Obama has made repeated appeals for unity while urging minorities and progressives to press on with their struggle. And on his last day as president, Obama wrote a farewell letter to the American people on Facebook as "one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th."

First noting the tradition of presidents leaving a parting letter to their successors in the Oval Office, Obama wrote that he wanted to express gratitude for all the lessons he's learned during his time as president, echoing some of the things he said in his farewell address last week. 

"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," he wrote, referring to his soaring rendition of "Amazing Grace" at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after a targeted shooting.


Obama touted the accomplishments of his administration — health care, same-sex marriage, scientific breakthroughs — through the experiences of those who have been affected by it, and touted the American people, "in all your decency, determination, good humor, and kindness."

He also reminded Americans to keep fighting for their values and beliefs beyond election seasons, and that he, like Michelle Obama, will be there fighting alongside them. 

"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."

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