Hard to believe it was eight years ago that President Obama made history by becoming the first black president. Today marks the last of his reign.

As the country prepares for its next peaceful transition of power, we’ve chronicled today’s highlights.

Trump and the missus arrive at the Lincoln Memorial:

Godwin’s Law happens in real life:

Nary a trace of President Obama left in the West Wing:

When dissent became patriotic again:

There were fireworks:

The ultimate trolling:

Lessons learned:

President Obama spends his last foreign leader call on Merkel:

Outgoing US President Barack Obama has phoned the German chancellor to thank her for her steady leadership. He said it was “fitting” that his final call to a foreign leader should be to her.

US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama held a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband, Joachim Sauer, on Thursday to thank them for their friendship and support during Obama’s eight years in office, the White House said.
It was the final call for Obama to a foreign leader, with his successor, Donald Trump, due to be inaugurated at a ceremony on Friday.
In a statement, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said both leaders had emphasized the importance of US-German ties for the world in their conversation.

Trump’s remarks at the Union Station event:

The executive elects visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier:

Only in America…

Rockin’ out:

Peak Rick Perry:

Once upon an inauguration:

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