A big chunk of the country wishes they could have just jumped on stage at President Barack Obama's farewell address and given him a giant hug — just like Michelle did. But, of course, there's the Secret Service to contend with, and the fact that many of us watched at home on TV or YouTube. So plan B it is: Twitter. Once again tweets with the hashtag #ThankYouObama are trending as Obama's time in office reaches its last critical moments. With Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, there's almost no time left to send your gratitude while your favorite president is still in office.
The last time this hashtag trended was back in November, right after the election. People were in shock over Trump's win, and BET hosted Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration to remember and celebrate both Barack and Michelle. During the broadcast BET asked the audience at home to participate and prompted them with the hashtag.
Obama has already tweeted his thanks back at you. Last week after his farewell address, he sent this gem out from the @POTUS account: "Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours," Obama wrote.
There really are no words other than "Thank you" that are appropriate to bid farewell to this man. Take a look at these #ThankYouObama tweets and consider sending your own.
1) Think Back Eight Years
It's hard to believe so much time has passed, and that it will end so soon.
2) It Took Two
Obama had the support, respect, and companionship of this woman too. And for her we're also grateful.
3) Thanks For The Words
He always knew what to say — no matter the situation.
4) And For His Way Of Being In The World Too
#ThankYouObama for truly going against all odds and still remaining kind & hopeful. I hope one day I have half the amount of poise you do.— Em (@emlsherlock) January 20, 2017
The poise he had was in fact incredible.
5) It's Kind Of Wondrous
This sort of thing happened in the Oval Office, and we got to see it.
6) You Might Not Have The Words
I can't tell you how much your presence in our lives has improved us all.— Emanuel Zbeda (@therealezway) January 20, 2017
My gratitude is beyond my powers of description. #ThankYouObama
But give it a try anyway.
7) Your Thank You Can Be Simple
His humorous goodbye sure was.
8) Or You Can Make A List
Unemployment⬇— Benny (@BRios82) January 20, 2017
Because he got shit done...
9) ...Like A Lot Of Shit
📈15 million jobs— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) January 20, 2017
📰Dow near tripled
👥Iran and Cuba#ThankYouObama
For eight years, it's been taken care of — we haven't had to worry.
10) It's Not Gonna Fit In A Tweet
140 characters can't begin to describe the amount of gratitude I feel towards President Obama.— Grace (@graceebergie) January 20, 2017
Yes we can. Yes we did. #ThankYouObama
Because Twitter keeps it brief.
11) That Doesn't Mean You Can't Try
Make a meme. Even this list doesn't cover everything he's done.
12) You Could Try A Video
That's what LeBron James did.
13) But Don't Wait Too Long
There are only a few hours left to thank him while he's still in office.
14) Young People Might Find This Even Harder
If he won when you were 10, can you imagine what entering a Trump presidency must feel like?
15) Millennials Needed Him Too
Now if we can apply his lessons.
16) He's Been There For LGBT Equality...
We can only hope Trump doesn't roll back Obama's initiatives on trans rights.
17) ...And The Fight Against Gun Violence Needed A Leader Like Him
Meaningful change will probably be on pause for at least four years.
18) He Was Just So Good...
The US presidency has grown to be too big a job for any one person. Obama handled his triumphs and mistakes with grace. #ThankYouObama— Summer Brennan (@summerbrennan) January 20, 2017
Even considering how hard the job was.
19) ...And As A Person Too, Not Just A Leader
Like, aren't you so jealous of Joe Biden?
20) Now We Have To Apologize Again
For never embarrassing us. For providing the world with a leadership style that all could emulate. #ThankYouObama— IMPEACH OrangeJulius (@puppymnkey) January 20, 2017
Any time you go on vacation outside of the country, get ready.
21) There Are So Many Moments To Remember
They're something to focus on as we move forward.
22) So Much Love
Besides hope, this is maybe the best word to sum up his presidency.
23) Thanks... For It All...
Yet there's so much more to do.
24) ...Especially Considering...
goodbyes are always hard but this one is so much harder considering what we have to say hello to tomorrow #ThankYouObama 💞— Tessa (@qwertls) January 20, 2017
It does make the transition all that much harder.
25) ...We'll Have To Change A Few Things
Like where to tweet at Obama. Remember @BarackObama?
26) But One Important Thing Isn't Going Anywhere
And that's hope.
If you haven't taken the time to send your own thank you to President Obama and the first family, do it now. What better way is there to spend your morning before moving into Women's March mode?
Thank you, Obama!