Barack Obama was the 44th President of the US
The former President’s comments came in a press conference at Joint Base Andrews this afternoon, his first since Donald Trump took control of the US at his inauguration.
Speaking directly to those who supported him and voted for him over the last ten years, Mr Obama thanked the people for “believing in hope”.
He said: “You came together in small towns and big cities, a whole bunch of you, and you decided to believe.
“And you knocked on doors and made phone calls and talked to your parents, who didn’t know how to pronounce Barack Obama.
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Barack Obama praised his voters for their support
“And you got to know each other, and you went into communities you never even thought about visiting and met people who seemed completely different to you.
“And yet once you started talking you had something in common, and it grew, and it built, and people took notice.
“And throughout it was infused with a sense of hope.
“It wasn’t blind optimism that drove you, it wasn’t naivety, it wasn’t wilful ignorance.
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You came together in small towns and big cities, a whole bunch of you, and you decided to believe.
“It was hope. And in the face of difficulty, the face of uncertainty, you proved the power of hope.”
The 44th President of America added that he considered himself and his wife of almost 25 years Michelle to just be “frontmen and women” for the hopes of they’re supporters.
He added: “We have been the face, sometimes the voice, out front on the TV screen, but this has never been about us.
Barack Obama praised supporters for their "belief in hope"
“It has always been about you, and all the amazing things that happened over the last ten years are really just a testament to you.”
In his final hours as head of state today, he tweeted US citizens promising to continue his work, saying: "It's been the honour of my life to serve you. You made me a better leader and a better man.”
The former president also used the tweet as the opportunity to unveil a new website, adding: "As we look forward, I want our first steps to reflect what matters most to you. Share your thoughts with me at Obama.org.
"I won't stop; I'll be right there with you as a citizen, inspired by your voices of truth and justice, good humour, and love.”