As we hurtle towards the end of Barack Obama’s presidency, we should cherish his final days in office, because let’s face it—we’re going to miss the guy. That was never more apparent than on Thursday, when the POTUS delivered his final Thanksgiving message to a nation that at the moment, might not feel like it has a lot to be thankful for. Well, leave it to the President to remind as that maybe things aren’t so bad after all.
“As a country, we’ve just emerged from a noisy, passionate and sometimes divisive campaign season,” the President began. “Thanksgiving reminds us that no matter our differences, we’re still one people—part of something bigger than ourselves.”
Obama went to remind us of the importance of Thanksgiving’s origins. “We honor all people from the first Americans to our newest arrivals who continue to shape our nation’s story, enrich our heritage, and give meaning to our founding values,” he said. “As long as we stand up for each other, speak up for what is right and stay true to these ideals, then no one can ever take away our liberty.”
President-elect Donald Trump posted his own Thanksgiving message earlier in the day, and echoed many of Obama’s sentiments. In the end, both men are right in their assertion that we have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season. Watch Obama’s Thanksgiving message above.