Watch President Barack Obama leave the Oval Office for the final time

Source: AP
Source: AP

After eight years as president, Barack Obama left the Oval Office for the final time Friday morning at around 9:30 a.m.

Video captured Obama leaving a note for his successor, President-elect Donald Trump, in the Resolute desk in the storied round room — an act that's become tradition in the transition of power.

Obama and Trump will now travel together a few miles down the road to the U.S. Capitol, where Trump is set to be sworn in.

As he left the office, a reporter asked Obama for his parting words to the American people. "Thank you," he said.

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Emily C. Singer, née Cahn, is a senior writer for Mic covering politics. She is based in New York and can be reached at esinger@mic.com

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