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"Dr. King and those who marched with him proved that people who love their country can change it. As Americans, we all owe them a great deal." —President Obama on Martin Luther King Day.

One last dad joke.

"For your faith in your fellow Americans, for your love of country, and for your lifetime of service that will endure through the generations...I am proud to award the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Distinction to my brother, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr." —President Obama surprising @VP Biden with the nation's highest civilian honor

Big news: Today, President Obama designated new national monuments that preserve critical chapters of our country’s history, from the vibrant history of the Reconstruction Era and its role in redefining freedom, to the important stories of the citizens who helped launch the civil rights movement in Birmingham, and the Freedom Riders whose bravery raised national awareness of segregation and violence. Learn more at the link in the bio.

“I'm asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change—but in yours.” —President Obama #ObamaFarewell

Thanks for eight great years. Tonight, President Obama returns home to say his grateful farewell to you. Watch live at the link in the bio at 9pm ET.

“For me, it’s always been about you.” —President Obama. Watch his Farewell Address tonight: wh.gov/Farewell #ObamaFarewell

President Obama boards Marine One en route to Chicago. Tune in for his Farewell Address tonight at 9pm ET: wh.gov/Farewell

“Being asked to be part of this journey was a great honor. Barack and I and our families have formed a real and lasting bond over this incredible experience. During long hours in the Oval Office and Situation Room, during private lunches and quiet moments, I’ve seen Barack lead this country from economic crisis to recovery to resurgence. I’ve seen him lead the world not just by the example of our power, but by the power of our example…I hope you’ll join me in Chicago as the President speaks about all we’ve accomplished on our journey as a country over the last eight years and the work that’s still ahead.” —@VP Biden reflecting on the last eight years serving the American people alongside President Obama. Tune in at 9pm ET tonight to watch President Obama’s Farewell Address streaming at the link in the bio. #ObamaFarewell

A snowy landing for Marine One.

Tomorrow at 9pm ET, President Obama will return to where it all started in Chicago to deliver his Farewell Address. Watch him reflect on the road we’ve traveled, and then head to the link in the bio for more on tomorrow's address. #ObamaFarewell

"I want our young people to know that they matter. That they belong. So don't be afraid—you hear me, young people, don't be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourselves with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise. Lead by example with hope, never fear. And know that I will be with you, rooting for you and working to support you for the rest of my life...Being your First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I hope I've made you proud." —First Lady @MichelleObama giving her final remarks as our First Lady

Yes we can: three words for all who refuse to accept the world as it is and are determined to remake it as it should be.

What moment inspired you these past eight years? Share using #YesWeCan or at go.wh.gov/YesWeCan.

President Obama has led the fight to protect everyone—no matter who you are, what you look like, or who you love. In 2009, only four states recognized marriage equality. Today, in every state in America, you’re now free to marry the person you love. That’s progress. #LoveIsLove

"Today I watched you give a speech at a mosque in Baltimore. You talked about how society needs to stop its rhetoric because it’s not fair to profile a group of people as the result of the actions of just one person…Amongst the negative comments and the rising hatred of Muslims in this country, your speech was like an oxygen tank. It allowed me to breathe a sigh of relief and give me hope that maybe, just maybe, there was an influential figure who believed in us. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for your faith in us." —Aleena, a Muslim-American woman from Maryland, sharing her letter to President Obama. #YesWeCan respect and embrace all our faiths: wh.gov/YesWeCan

#TBT to President Obama and his Harvard Law Review class. Head to the link in the bio to read his commentary on #CriminalJusticeReform and moving America forward.

"My days as your Commander in Chief are coming to an end. And as I reflect on the challenges we have faced together and on those to come, I believe that one of the greatest tasks before our armed forces is to retain the high confidence that the American people rightly place in you. This is a responsibility not simply for those of you in uniform, but for those who lead you. It's the responsibility of our entire nation…We have to remember that as we meet the threats of our time, we cannot sacrifice our values or our way of life—the rule of law and openness and tolerance that define us as Americans. That is our greatest strength and makes us a beacon to the world. We cannot sacrifice the very freedoms we’re fighting for." —President Obama saying farewell as Commander in Chief to America’s men and women in uniform

In 8 years, we've opened the People's House to 4.5 million visitors. Today, we welcomed guests on the final White House tour of this Presidency.

#YesWeCan ensure that all students can succeed in school. Under President Obama, the high school graduation rate has reached an all-time high. Share a moment that inspired you to help move this country forward using #YesWeCan.

"On Tuesday, January 10, I'll go home to Chicago to say my grateful farewell to you, even if you can't be there in person. I'm just beginning to write my remarks. But I'm thinking about them as a chance to say thank you for this amazing journey, to celebrate the ways you've changed this country for the better these past eight years, and to offer some thoughts on where we all go from here...I hope you'll join me one last time. Because for me, it's always been about you." —President Obama. Get the details on his #FarewellAddress at wh.gov/Farewell.

A New Year message from President Obama.

Happy New Year!

Learning some new moves. #YearInPhotos

#ObamaAndKids across the pond. #YearInPhotos

Water fight with @VP! #YearInPhotos

Lunch meeting.

See more #ObamaAndKids highlights from the #YearInPhotos at the link in the bio.

Check out these two goofballs. @TheEllenShow #YearInPhotos

America’s leading men. See the full 2016 #YearInPhotos at the link in the bio.

“‘I love that picture,’ the President said to me when he saw this one hanging on the walls of the West Wing. Truth be told, he says that about every picture that features Malia or Sasha." —Chief Official White House Photographer @PeteSouza. See the full #YearInPhotos at the link in the bio.

It’s here—the 2016 #YearInPhotos. Head to the link in the bio to see this year’s selections as chosen by @PeteSouza.

"Every day, although you consider it the place you live, I think you're very mindful that this is a place of history—that this is a place that belongs to the people and to the country." Head to go.wh.gov/aPVFFa to watch President Obama share a look inside the White House Residence, the First Family’s home for the last eight years.

Hi @Instagram@CarolineGleich here! As a professional outdoor adventurer from Salt Lake City, Utah, I’m overjoyed with the news that #BearsEars in Southeastern Utah finally received the permanent protection it deserves. The National Monument designation will preserve the cultural resources and the incredible wilderness experience for future generations, and will protect the land from threats from looting, mining and other natural resource extraction.

Like many people, I feel a deep emotional connection to the #BearsEars area. There’s nowhere else like it on earth. It’s where I go to find a sense of belonging. It’s not just climbers and outdoor people who flock there—Native Americans continue to use Bears Ears today to conduct ceremonies, hunt and gather herbs and medicines.

Bears Ears National Monument connects us to our past, present and future, and I’m so grateful President Obama listened to the voices of the people—the climbers, the outdoor recreation community, but most importantly, the tribes, who the land is sacred to—and made this designation. 📷: @rob.lea

With more archaeological sites than any other U.S. National Park or National Monument, the #BearsEars National Monument is sacred to Native American Tribes and critical for the preservation of American history. Today's actions by President Obama protect tens of thousands of cultural sites, like this 800-year-old granary left in almost perfect preservation by Ancestral Pueblo people who inhabited the area before migrating south to New Mexico and Arizona. 📷 courtesy: @bluffoto

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