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President Barack Obama Pens Final Letter to American People

President Obama has written his final letter to the American people – as today is his last day in office before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in.

“It’s a long-standing tradition for the sitting president of the United States to leave a parting letter in the Oval Office for the American elected to take his or her place. It’s a letter meant to share what we know, what we’ve learned, and what small wisdom may help our successor bear the great responsibility that comes with the highest office in our land, and the leadership of the free world,” President Obama wrote. “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. Because 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,” he continued. “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.”

“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,’” the President added.

Click inside to read the entire letter from Barack Obama….More Here! »

VIDEO: Ellen DeGeneres Pays Tribute to Barack Obama For Last Day as President

Ellen DeGeneres is paying tribute to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as today is their last day in the White House.

“Today is the last day that Barack Obama will be our President. I want to personally thank him for changing my life. I am a legally married woman because of him, and so is my wife. His courage and compassion created equality for everyone…I love him, I love Michelle,” Ellen said.

Ellen also did something silly – she inserted herself into President Obama‘s final speech. You can see that inside the cut!

Also pictured inside: Scandal‘s Tony Goldwyn, who also made an appearance on the show that day….

Click inside to watch Ellen’s funny video she made for the President…More Here! »

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President Obama Reveals Sasha & Malia's Reaction to Donald Trump's Election Win

President Barack Obama just gave his last press conference as the President of the United States, and some of his final thoughts were spent gushing about his daughters, Sasha, 15, and Malia, 18.

When speaking about Sasha and Malia‘s reaction to Donald Trump winning the election, he said, “They were disappointed…[but] they do not mope.”

“What makes me proudest about them…they have no assumed that because their side did not win…that automatically America has somehow rejected them or their values. I don’t think they feel that way,” the POTUS said.

“If you’re engaged and you’re involved, then there are a lot more good people than bad in this country. There is a core decency in this country,” he said.

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Barack Obama Cuts Chelsea Manning's Sentence Short

Barack Obama is cutting Chelsea Manning‘s prison sentence short, the White House just announced.

The 29-year-old former Army intelligence was convicted of leaking classified information to WikiLeaks and has served seven years of a 35-year sentence, the longest punishment ever in the U.S. for a leaks conviction.

Chelsea, who is a transgendered woman, has attempted suicide twice while in a male prison but will be released on May 17th.

The news comes just a week after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange agreed to extradite to the U.S. if Chelsea was freed.

Julian currently remains in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and it is not clear if a deal has been struck.

Barack Obama Says His Family is 'Ready to Leave' the White House

Barack Obama says his family is ready to leave the White House after his eight years in office.

In a preview for 60 Minutes special Barack Obama: Eight Years in the White House, the 55-year-old President opened up about his wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha‘s time in the White House.

“They’re ready to go. The girls obviously, they are now of an age which the constraints of secret service and bubbles and all that stuff has gotten pretty old,” he explained.

Barack added, “Michelle never fully took to the scrutiny. She’s thrived as a First Lady but it’s not her preference…She never fully embraced being in the public spotlight, which is ironic given how good she is.”

Watch the entire preview below…

The First Family's Dog Sunny Bites White House Guest's Face

  • A family friend of the Obamas was bitten on the cheek by their dog SunnyTMZ
  • Is Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner‘s divorce off? – Radar
  • Girl Meets World is “in talks” to stay on the air, perhaps at another network – Just Jared Jr
  • Drake and Jennifer Lopez seem to be heating up – DListed
  • Remember when Miley Cyrus cried over the election results? – Hollywood Tuna
  • Anderson Cooper has something to say to KellyAnne ConwayTowleroad
  • Liam Payne wishes former One Direction member Zayn Malik a happy birthday – J-14

VIDEO: President Obama Surprises Joe Biden with Medal of Freedom

Vice President Joe Biden was surprised by President Barack Obama during a special ceremony today – he awarded the VP with the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction.

In the video below, you can see the Vice President’s extreme shock at the honor, and as he finds out the news, he turns away to wipe tears from his eyes.

You may remember back in November, Ellen DeGeneres teared up while receiving the very same honor from the President.

Watch the Vice President in the touching moment below…

Click inside to watch Joe Biden’s speech after receiving the medal… More Here! »

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