Published On:January 23, 2017, 11:13 am
Thank you calls, farewells, finishing up loose ends and usual business, this was the day like for Barack Obama on his last day on job as the President of the United States.
On Thursday, Obama started his full day just the way he did nearly 2,920 times before with Daily Presidential Briefing.
The briefing happened in the usual location, i.e., the Oval Office, and typically Vice President Joe Biden was in attendance, as per the schedule that was released by the White House.
The only different and the unique thing on Obama’s official agenda were having lunch for the one last time as the President with Biden in the private dining room.
President Obama still had a country to run, while the rest of the First Family was perking up and prepping for the Friday departure from White House which has been their home for the last eight years.
The leaders of the House and Senate received a letter from the White House accentuating and emphasizing that though his administrationhas transferred approximately 200 detainees from the facility at Guantanamo Bay, 41 remain.
Earlier this week, Obama commuted the sentences of 330 prisoners, which included Chelsea Manning who was charged of the WikiLeaks in 2010.
The final call which Obama made was to a foreign leader, Angela Merkel, a German Chancellor, since they have spent the last eight years bearing and dealing with financial crisis, the birth of ISIS and the novel nationalist movement sweeping the world.
Obama titled Merkel a "strong, courageous, and steady" leader and "acknowledged a "personal friendship" and that they've counterfeit a "deeper partnership between Germany and the United States".
Taking a break from the usual protocol, First Lady Michelle Obama too joined the call, and so did Professor Joachim Sauer, Merkel’s husband.
The White House Transition Project’s Terry Sullivan said, "We know he will be spending a lot of time reviewing clemency cases and signing clemency documents." "Then there will probably be some administrative things he has to do."
Sullivan said that an average work day of a U.S. President is 14 hours a day, seven days a week, and up to a quarter of that day is spent "taking care of presidential clerkships."
He further added, "That means signing a lot of documents." "It's a vast government. There are lots of things that a president has to review and sign off on."
The White House secretaries mentioned that Obama has been calling some crucial foreign leaders. The Oval Office contents will be packed by the workers from the National Archives, while the rest will be handled by the movers. In the meantime, Obama handed over the reins to his successor, Donald Trump at the inauguration on Friday.
The First Family will bid adieu and say thanks to the White House staff at 8.30 a.m. on Fridayand then two hours later, they will be departing through the North Portico and head by limousine to the Capitol.
Patrick Maney, a presidential historian at Boston College said, “It’s a nostalgic day, the only thing that upsets this routine is friction between incoming and outgoing presidents."
However Obama has gone far too great extent to smoothen the transfer of power to Donald Trump, a man who has always questioned whether the president was even American. Sullivan concluded saying, "What happens tomorrow will be very interesting."
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