It's the end of an era and whether you are hopeful or anxious about the future with America's incoming 45th president, there's no denying that President Barack Obama's two terms have been a time of hope, change, positivity, and incredible optimism for many Americans.
But perhaps what stands out most at this moment in time is not just Barack Obama's respect for office and for the American people - it's his ability to be humble. At a time when we should be thanking him (and we certainly are), his final letter and address as president were all about thanking the people for the honor and opportunity to serve as their president.
Just A Few Of His Accomplishments
Under Barack Obama, we had affordable healthcare on a mass scale the likes of which America had never before seen. We legalized same sex marriage nationwide. We got Bin Laden. Our troops came home from Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama signed the Recovery Act and created millions of jobs, effectively kick-starting the end of a recession.
We had major tax cuts. Obama signed the largest trade agreement ever. We finalized a major international climate change agreement. We could go on, but then this post would take up your whole day...but did we mention that Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009?
Great Men Write Thank You Notes
And that might be the act of a great president - and a man with real class. And really, who else would write what is perhaps one of the most eloquent thank you notes ever written?
So let's all remember his words as our next president takes office...