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President Obama today penned a goodbye letter to the American people. I’m not going to quote the entire letter, but there were a couple of sections I feel compelled to share.

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. Because of all that I’ve learned in my time in office, I’ve learned from you. You made me a better president, and you made me a better man.

…I’ve seen you, the American people, in all your decency, determination, good humor and kindness. And in your daily acts of citizenship, I’ve seen our future unfolding. All of us, regardless of party, should throw ourselves into that work–the joyous work of citizenship. Not just when there’s an election, not just when our own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime.

…I’ll be right there with you every step of the way. And when the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person. The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We the People.’ ‘We shall overcome.’ Yes we can.

Please excuse me. I have to go sob into my pillow now.

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