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Year in Review 2016: A recap of Barack Obama’s last year as president of the United States

by December 31, 2016 General

Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009. Not only was he the first president to be elected who was born outside the contiguous United States, but he was also the first African American to hold the top spot in the White House. This year, 2016, marks Obama’s last year as president before the new president-elect, Donald Trump, takes over.These are some of Obama’s more memorable moments over his final 12 months in office:Personable, humorous
Story continues belowGlobal NewsThere were no shortage of moments in 2016 where President Barack Obama was able to get a laugh, or a tear, whether at speaking engagements, ceremonies or just embarrassing his daughter while singing ‘happy birthday’ in front of a large crowd.“I just have two more words to say: Obama out.”At the end of his White House correspondents’ dinner this year, Obama finished his speech by thanking journalists for their hard work and dedication and reminded everyone that the dinner would be his last as president by dropping his microphone and telling them he was “out.”“I’m the president, so I’m going to take one more minute.”In March, a host who had been interviewing Obama at the South by Southwest festival was wrapping the engagement up when Obama kindly told the interviewer that he was the president and could take another minute to finish his answer, to which the audience laughed.WATCH: Barack Obama not ready to wrap-up speaking engagement