President Barack Obama took time out of his Hawaii vacation to thank the U.S. military for their service.
â€śThis is one of our favorite things to do because itâ€™s one of those circumstances where you get a chance to not just say thank you to our incredible men and women in uniform, but oftentimes we also get a chance to see some families,â€ť Obama said at the Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii, reports The Wall Street Journal.
â€śI just want all of you to know that it has been the privilege of my life to serve as your commander in chief,â€ť Obama continued, with first lady Michelle Obama at his side. â€śI know Michelle feels the same way when it comes to being able to stand alongside our military families and our veterans.â€ť
In what is expected to be his last address to active military troops as president, Obama delivered some jokes, too.
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â€śWe look forward to seeing you for many years to come because I understand that I still have a little bit of rank as ex-president,â€ť he said. â€śSo I still get to use the gym on base and, of course, the golf course.â€ť
During Obama's time as president, the U.S. military has conducted operations in at least seven countries, including Somalia, according to the New York Times.
â€śItâ€™s impossible for us to fully repay what youâ€™ve done and the sacrifices that youâ€™ve made, but at least itâ€™s important to hear from us that what you doÂ matters,â€ť he said. â€śAnd although this will be my last time addressing you asÂ president, I want you to know that as a citizen my gratitude will remain and our commitment to standing by you every step of the way -- that wonâ€™t stop.