Before Former President Barack Obama left the Oval Office for the last time, cameras caught him writing President Donald Trump a note and leaving it on the desk.
Prior to leaving the Oval, Obama penned a letter to Trump, which he reportedly put in the right-hand drawer of the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. The letter of advice from outgoing to incoming president is a tradition formed by George H. W. Bush, who penned a letter which he left for incoming President Bill Clinton in which he told Clinton that the nation was rooting for him to succeed.
The Daily Mail reports that Obama gestured to cameras and asked reporters, "How's it going?" as he left the Oval Office for the final time.
Obama now hands power over to President Donald Trump, who has vowed to repeal much of Obama's signature legislation.
Obama joined First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as the incoming president and and his wife, First Lady Melania Trump. "Congratulations," Barack told the Trumps, "You'll get used to the protocol."
As movers quickly ushered the family's personal items out of the White House, Barack released a final "thank you" video to the nation in which he stated his immediate plans after departure:
First, we're gonna take a little break. We're finally gonna get some sleep, and take some time to be with our family, and just be still for a little bit. So we might not be online quite as much as you're used to seeing us. As I've said many times before, true democracy is a project that's much bigger than any of us. It's bigger than any one person, any one president, any one government. It's a job for all of us. It requires every day sustained effort from all of us. The work of perfecting our union is never finished. And we look forward to joining you in that effort as fellow citizens.
According to CNN, Barack also tweeted one final time to the nation as president, in which he said: "It's been the honor of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man. I'm still asking you to believe - not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you."
Roughly 100 workers will prepare the White House for President Trump's move-in at approximately 5 p.m. Personal touches are added throughout the home including stocking his favorite brand of toothpaste in the bathroom and his favorite snacks in the pantry.