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Twitter cuts the sarcasm to thank the Obamas for the past 8 years

Sans sarcasm.

Feb 28, 2020, 5:14 pm*

Internet Culture

Samantha Grasso 

Samantha Grasso

Just after 12pm ET on Friday, President Barack Obama and his family metaphorically handed the White House keys over to a freshly-inaugurated President Donald Trump, got in their moving van, and drove less than two miles to their new home in Washington D.C. 

But not before Twitter had a final goodbye. In the hours before the Obamas relinquished the title of first family, the social media platform said #ThankYouObamas for the past eight years.

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From how the soon-to-be-former president treated the American people..

To the more … particular nuances of the transfer of power to the president-elect…

Many of Obama’s supporters tweeted their thanks to Barack and his family.

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Yes, there were quite a few teary tweets in the crowd.

The final internet-wide thanks of the 44th president is a long time coming for the phrase, “thanks, Obama,” a sarcastic expression used by the president’s critics to blame him for personal and political inconveniences enacted by laws or policies supported by his administration.

For years, comics, YouTubers, and Twitter fanatics made fun of conservative critics by blaming everything from traffic to the weather on Obama. But in celebrating the president’s final two hours in office, the snide phrase got a more positive appropriation.

But a few of these critics managed to wriggle their way into the hashtag frenzy.

But not before he gave one last “thank you,” too.

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*First Published: Jan 20, 2017, 5:34 am