Barack Hussein Obama gave one last wave to reporters today as he left the Office for the final time to greet his successor, Donald Trump.
Daily Mail reported that the last thing Obama did in the Oval Office this morning was pen a letter to his successor, as is customary for any president leaving office. He left the note on his desk for Trump, who will take his seat there later today. Obama was spotted by reporters putting a white envelope into the right-hand drawer of the Resolute desk, which was given to President Rutherford Hayes in 1880.
George H.W. Bush began this tradition by penning a letter to Bill Clinton after losing to him in 1992, telling the Arkansas Governor that the entire nation was rooting for his success.
Obama left the Oval Office to join his wife Michelle as they hosted Trump and his wife Melania for tea before the inauguration.
“Congratulations,” Obama told his successor as the Trumps walked up the stairs to the White House. “You’ll get used to the protocol.”
Melania gave Michelle a gift box marked with the blue colors of Tiffany’s.
The Obamas will leave Washington D.C. after the inauguration to fly to Palm Springs for a vacation. They will then return to the capitol and move into a multi-million dollar mansion in Kalorama, where they will remain for at least two years until their daughter Sasha finishes high school.
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