January 20 will mark our 44th President Barack Obama's last day in office after a two-term run. He was selected as the first African-American U.S. President back in 2008 and has since become the most pop culture-friendly and laid back commander-in-chief to date. President Obama made his farewell address on January 10 as millions watched in anticipation on what the charismatic President might say. A little under an hour was all he needed to address the American people, as he stood proudly behind his podium surrounded by thousands of supporters. During his speech, he acknowledged that his successful eight-year term would not have been possible without the help of his wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, and two daughters, Malia and Sasha. You can watch his farewell speech below.
Obama Farewell Address
Unlike most young girls who trial and error their way through life, presidents' daughters don't quite have that luxury. Constantly being under a microscope is one story, but, when the Secret Service has to escort you everywhere you need to go -- including your awkward first date -- that's a completely different story! Like most first daughters before them, Malia and Sasha maintained an air of elegance and grace the best way they could throughout their father's term; and who can relate more to the tale of being a president's daughter like another president's daughter?
Former President George W. Bush's two (now adult) daughters recall all too well how difficult it can be to maintain your girlhood while also watching daddy maintain an entire nation. The Bush daughters, Barbara Bush -- now co-founder and the CEO of Global Health Corps -- and Jenna Bush Hager -- current correspondent for the Today Show -- read a heartfelt letter they wrote to the Obama girls last week, and I doubt if there was a dry eye in the room! Eight years ago, the Bush daughters penned their first letter to Malia and Sasha as they entered the Oval Office. Now again, the Bush daughters have written yet another letter giving the young girls advice on their transition into a new journey of their lives. The letter began as this:
Malia and Sasha, eight years ago on a cold November day, we greeted you on the steps of the White House. We saw both the light and wariness in your eyes as you gazed at your new home. We left our jobs in Baltimore and New York early and traveled to Washington to show you around. To show you the Lincoln Bedroom, and the bedrooms that were once ours, to introduce you to all the people -- the florists, the grounds-keepers and the butlers -- who dedicate themselves to making this historic house a home. The four of us wandered the majestic halls of the house you had no choice but to move in to. When you slid down the banister of the solarium, just as we had done as 8-year-olds and again as 20-year-olds chasing our youth, your joy and laughter were contagious.
Watch the rest of their touching letter below.
Bush daughters read letter to Obama daughters
Farewell President Obama and family. President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in on January 20.