Obama pens an emotional last letter to Americans

Obama pens an emotional last letter to Americans

- President Barack Obama has written an emotional letter to thank the people of United States for the opportunity to serve them

- Obama in his letter advised all Americans to come together to make United States greater

Less than 24 hours to the end of his tenure as the 44th President of United States, President Barack Obama has written an emotional farewell letter to the people of United States.

Obama pens an emotional last letter to Americans

Obama at a community children center

Although it’s customary for out-going presidents of US to leave a parting letter in the Oval office for the new president, Obama chose to write his first letter to Americans before writing a separate letter for President-elect Donald Trump.

Obama pens an emotional last letter to Americans

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In his letter to Americans, Obama expressed gratitude for the support he got from Americans in his 8-year rule. He stated that being the President of America has made him, “ a better president, and a better man”.

Obama pens an emotional last letter to Americans

President Obama embracing a military woman

While ending his letter, Obama called on Americans to join hands together to make America better.

He said: “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.”

Obama pens an emotional last letter to Americans

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Meanwhile, the United States of America President-elect Donald Trump has asked roughly 50 Obama appointees to remain in their posts.

According to Trump's incoming White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, the move is to ensure continuity in government.

The officials include the highest-ranking career officials at key national security agencies like the Pentagon and State Department.

READ OBAMA’S FULL LETTER BELOW:

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 paralysed 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.

Source: Naij.com

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