Yes we can.
Yes we did.
Thank you for being a part of the past eight years. pic.twitter.com/mjmr4RkxpV
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) January 20, 2017
Just one hour before Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the Obama White House's official Twitter account shared one last powerful message with its followers. The image in the tweet is from March 2015, when the Obama family marched among a crowd in Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the marches from Selma to Montgomery. The succinct yet impactful caption reads: "Yes we can. Yes we did. Thank you for being a part of the past eight years." We can't think of a more fitting way to sum up his two terms of leading our nation.
A closer look at the image reveals an even more potent message, as Rep. John Lewis is situated in the center, proudly marching and holding hands with Michelle and Barack Obama. A civil rights legend, Lewis recently revealed that he does not consider Trump a "legitimate president," which, naturally, spurred a scathing response from the new POTUS on Twitter. Following the social media feud, Lewis chose to not attend Trump's inauguration.
The Twitter account's handle has since been changed to @ObamaWhiteHouse, which archives all of the tweets from @WhiteHouse, and the @POTUS Twitter account has been officially been handed over to Trump and his administration.
You can follow Obama's personal Twitter account, @BarackObama, to keep up with his post-presidency life, and a new handle, @POTUS44, where you can reread some of his best tweets as president when you're in need of a pick-me-up — so basically anytime over the next four years.