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.
From how the soon-to-be-former president treated the American people..
My biggest reason that I love President Obama is because he was truly the president to everyone while he was in office. #ThankYouObamas— corey (He/Him) | BLM (@Swiftie_Number1) January 20, 2017
You inspired a nation. And I got health insurance previously denied due to preexisting condition. I'm alive #ThankYouObamas— Sully (@LuvPlaying) January 20, 2017
To the more … particular nuances of the transfer of power to the president-elect…
Remember Obama won the Presidency twice. He twice won the popular vote and didn't need Russian help. #ThankYouObamas— Noel McGivern (@Good_Beard) January 20, 2017
I think I would've cried no matter who took office, but Trump doesn't make it any better. #ThankYouObamas— ash (@cristeashley) January 20, 2017
Many of Obama’s supporters tweeted their thanks to Barack and his family.
Yes, there were quite a few teary tweets in the crowd.
Just choked up unfollowing the POTUS account. It's been a delight to follow it for 8 years of eloquent, hopeful updates. #ThankYouObamas— chai (@chai_53) January 20, 2017
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.
President Barack Obama leaves the Oval Office for the final time. https://t.co/l6yShAV28t— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) January 20, 2017
But not before he gave one last “thank you,” too.
As Obama leaves the Oval Office, a reporter shouts, 'Any final words for the American people?' Obama: 'Thank you.'— Susan Page (@SusanPage) January 20, 2017