How has it possibly been eight years since President Obama first won election to the Oval Office? On Tuesday, many Americans of all ages and backgrounds turned into emotional moms on their kid's graduation day. That's because he left his supporters in a flood of tears, inspiring countless emotional tweets about Obama's farewell address to the nation.
As it turns out, Obama's way of saying goodbye was a lot like his way of saying hello. He introduced himself to the American people in 2008 with a message of hope and change. On Tuesday, his farewell address offered more hope and thanked Americans for supporting change.
"You were the change," Obama said. "Because of you, by almost every measure, America is a better, stronger place than when we started." When he was showered with undying applause, he made the night even more special with his signature wit: "You can tell that I’m a lame duck because nobody is following instructions. Everybody, have a seat."
Obama's address also reminded Americans of the notable work he has done in office, from passing healthcare legislation to creating jobs across various branches of the economy. Plus, he called Vice President Joe Biden his "brother" and "the best decision." Three cheers for a graceful presidency and a forever friendship. All in all, it was enough to make viewers tear up.
Crying For Obama
IM CRYING BECAUSE I LOVE OBAMA— SARAH BOSS (@sarizzIe) January 11, 2017
You are not alone, @sarizzle. We are all here for you.
Hey I'm gonna watch this quick Obama spe-- annnndd I'm crying.— Jason Fisher (@jasonfisher) January 11, 2017
Don't say we didn't warn you, Jason.
Current mood: crying in my tub re-watching obama's farewell speech.— lauren white (@wauren_lhite) January 11, 2017
Current mood: Feeling a lot like @wauren_lhite.
I watched Obama speech while doing intervals on the stairmaster so I was crying a 2 way pain— Cecilia (@ceciliaaa123) January 11, 2017
Bravery is watching Obama's farewell address while working out.
Crying For Biden
Everyone's crying about Obama and fine, fair enough.. but JOE BIDEN I WILL MISS YOU THE MOST 🍦#iceCreamConesForever— brooke tsu (@btsu1) January 11, 2017
Obama + Biden forever, am I right?
Obama and Biden hug tonight almost had me crying😭😂— Robert (@RobertGasmen) January 11, 2017
It was the best hug of the night, TBH. I bet they were wearing their friendship bracelets.
What will we do without new Biden GIFs??? At least his last GIF included a finger-gun.
Last GIF, last meme, last reference to Biden's aviators — why must all good things come to an end?
y'all someone pls help this poor girl crying over Obama leaving pic.twitter.com/txVLm0fSIU— Kaila Lee (@kailaalee) January 11, 2017
Can someone please help her?!?!
The phrase "ugly crying" was indeed made for times like these. So was the phrase "thank you."
I was planning on being much more productive tonight, but all I did was send a few e-mails, ugly cry over Obama leaving, and do a face mask— Comic Book Candy (@ComicBookCandy) January 11, 2017
Ugly crying was an important part to the Tuesday night routine.
lowkey, lowkey though.... I am crying over Obama, lowkey, lowkey okay?— a l e (@aleexsundra) January 11, 2017
There is nothing low-key about the end of the Obama administration. Don't hide your low-key tears!
"Jesus Is Crying"
Obama crying, I'm crying, Jesus is crying https://t.co/w9BXEx8jQw— jackie (@ajackieherrera) January 11, 2017
It was game over when Obama began to hold back tears. He got emotional when he addressed his family. In true Obama fashion, he delivered a heartfelt message that apparently could have made Jesus cry.
Malia Is Crying
I didn't cry until I saw Malia crying and now I'm a hot mess. Thanks Obama. #ObamaFarewell— Jenni Jacobus (@and_whatelse) January 11, 2017
She didn't have her younger sister by her side on Tuesday night, but Malia Obama's emotional response to her father's speech was heartfelt enough for both Obama daughters.
Malia crying is destrooooooooying me.— Salena (@Salencita) January 11, 2017
Malia's tears gave some viewers ALL THE FEELS.
The Michelle Factor
BF: are you crying? Me: what, no.. it's just.. DID HEAR WHAT OBAMA SAID TO MICHELLE. pic.twitter.com/yTpaKABcXN— Kelly (@_KellyDubs) January 11, 2017
Obama often makes touching remarks about his wife. Those remarks will be missed.
Tuesday was that moment when "Thanks Obama" is trending and it's actually a good thing.
I'm glad to say that "Thanks Obama" means an entirely different thing to me now than it did 8 years ago.— Bryan Imke (@good_luckBryan) January 11, 2017
"Thanks Obama" meant tears on Tuesday.
OH GOD he's speaking to Michelle right now HELP ME he's crying OH MY GOD now his daughter I can't do this NOW BIDEN AHHHHHH pic.twitter.com/I2momjd3uy— Darian Dyer (@dariandyer_) January 11, 2017
It got more emotional as the night wore on — even for Obama.
"Sob In The Shower"
Was already crying and remembered how much I love Biden and poured wine into water bottle so I can sob in the shower without spilling.— Lauren Gail (@Lauren__Gail) January 11, 2017
This seems like an appropriate response for the night.
@WhiteHouse Cried with joy when Obama came in...crying with sadness as he leaves. Thank you Pres. Obama and family for your service to us.— Mark Mealey (@markpmealey) January 11, 2017
Let's not forget how emotional Obama's presidency was for many Americans at the very start. Now, it has come full circle in the most bittersweet way.
Ultimately, nothing could have prepared the Twittersphere for Tuesday's farewell address. It's hard to believe that Obama said his final goodbye after eight years in office. It's not hard to believe that the ugly tears were flowing as he said it.