After eight long years, President Obama will be stepping down from his post to President-Elect Donald J. Trump tomorrow. In tradition, the President writes a letter to their incumbent successor to read upon their arrival to the Oval Office, but Obama made sure to also write one last letter addressed the American people. Citing the citizens of America as his primary inspiration and “the source of goodness, resilience, and hope,” read the final address from the departing POTUS below:
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.’