On his last time as president, Barack Obama on Thursday published an adorable letter to his state in which he fondly calls Americans: “You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.”

Obama leaves office Friday after eight years in the White House, handing over the most powerful job in the world to New York business mogul Donald Trump. In his last days, Obama has hosted a farewell rally in Chicago and held his final press conference in the West Wing, where he said, “At my core, I think we’re going to be OK.”

Obama wrote in an open letter published on Medium that it’s been a long-standing tradition for the president to write a parting private missive to be left for his successor.


“But before I leave my note for our 45th president, I wanted to say one final thank you for the honor of serving as your 44th,” Obama wrote. “Because all that I’ve learned in my time in office, I’ve learned from you.”

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The president touched on some of the more amazing events he’s witnessed as leader of the free world, including finding “grace” in a Charleston, South Carolina, church after a mass shooting and seeing families blossom because of the legalization of gay marriage.

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