- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 19, 2017

In case you missed his prime-time farewell speech last week, President Obama said good-bye to Americans again Thursday.

In an email to supporters, Mr. Obama reminded Americans not to get discouraged as he prepares to leave office at noon on Friday, when Republican Donald Trump will be inaugurated.

“When the arc of progress seems slow, remember: America is not the project of any one person,” Mr. Obama said. “The single most powerful word in our democracy is the word ‘We.’ ‘We the People.’ ‘We shall overcome.’ “

“Yes, we can,” he said, invoking his 2008 campaign slogan.

Mr. Obama said all Americans should throw themselves into “the joyous work of citizenship.”

“I’ll be right there with you every step of the way,” he said.

Mr. Obama thanked Americans for making him “a better president,” and cited examples of progress during his administration, such as Obamacare and the legalization of same-sex marriage.

“I’ve seen Americans whose lives have been saved because they finally have access to medical care, and families whose lives have been changed because their marriages are recognized as equal to our own,” he said. “I’ve seen the youngest of children remind us through their actions and through their generosity of our obligations to care for refugees, or work for peace, and, above all, to look out for each other.”

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