With President Barack Obama’s days in the White House coming to a close, he offers up a heartfelt letter recapping both the highs and lows of his eight years in office.
The exit letter finds Obama reflecting on topics like the global financial crisis, the introduction of the Affordable Healthcare Act and improvements the country has made with him at the helm.
You can read the introduction below, and see the full letter on Medium.
To my fellow Americans,
Eight years ago, America faced a moment of peril unlike any we’d seen in decades.
A spiraling financial crisis threatened to plunge an economy in recession into a deep depression. The very heartbeat of American manufacturing — the American auto industry — was on the brink of collapse. In some communities, nearly one in five Americans were out of work. Nearly 180,000 American troops were serving in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the mastermind of the worst terror attack on American soil remained at large. And on challenges from health care to climate change, we’d been kicking the can down the road for way too long.
But in the depths of that winter, on January 20, 2009, I stood before you and swore a sacred oath. I told you that day that the challenges we faced would not be met easily or in a short span of time — but they would be met. And after eight busy years, we’ve met them — because of you.