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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...

"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."

Thank you, Mr. President. 

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