“I’m asking you to believe. Not in my ability to bring about change — but in yours.”

THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Chicago! (Applause.) It’s good to be home! (Applause.) Thank you, everybody. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you so much. Thank you. (Applause.) All right, everybody sit down. (Applause.) We’re on live TV here. I’ve got to move. (Applause.) You can tell that I’m a lame duck because nobody is following instructions. (Laughter.) Everybody have a seat. (Applause.)

My fellow Americans — (applause) — Michelle and I have been so touched by all the well wishes that we’ve received over the past few weeks. But tonight, it’s my turn to say thanks. (Applause.) Whether we have seen eye-to-eye or…


Americans and people from around the world reflect on moments that meant the most to them.

“Yes, we can.” President Obama spoke these three words for the first time in January 2008 in New Hampshire. And for the past eight years, these words have also served as the backbone of his Presidency and have embodied his bedrock belief that, through hard work and a commitment to hope, we can make progress possible for the American people.

As we look back at the last eight years, people from across the country (and the globe) are taking some time to reflect on a moment that inspired them to share in this belief, and even to take action…


By Michael Zuckerman, President of the Harvard Law Review

Editor’s note: Today, Harvard Law Review published an article by President Obama on the urgent need for criminal justice reform and the work this Administration has done to enhance the fairness and effectiveness of the justice system at all phases. You can read the article in full here.

Since its founding in 1887, the Harvard Law Review has been a student-run journal dedicated to advancing conversation about the law. Doing this work is a privilege — it offers us a collaborative education in legal thinking, writing, and editing, as we begin our own legal careers.

We are enormously proud to…


Katy, Aleena, and Patrick reading the letters they wrote to President Obama

As we look back on the past eight years, we’re lifting the stories of Americans whose lives have been shaped by the Obama Presidency. For Patrick, a registered Republican in Massachusetts, it gave him a chance to choose hope over cynicism. For Aleena in Maryland, it’s meant tolerance and acceptance of her faith. And for Katy in Rhode Island, it’s meant stepping into adulthood with the peace of mind that comes with health care coverage.

Patrick, Aleena, and Katy wrote letters to the President to share how his leadership has directly impacted their lives. …


The Top Digital Moments, as Chosen by the Office of Digital Strategy

The White House has always been considered the “People’s House.” Throughout our history, this has meant opening the doors to people from all 50 states and around the world. The digital age brings new meaning to the term. When President Obama first announced his candidacy in 2007, the iPhone hadn’t yet been released. Twitter and Facebook were just finding their footing. Snapchat and Instagram didn’t exist, and virtual reality awaited its popular breakthrough. …


As chosen by the President’s correspondence team

“Every day I’m lucky to receive thousands of acts of hope — every time somebody sits down and picks up a pen, and writes to me and shares their story…I want you all to know that I’m listening.” — President Obama

It would be impossible to fully capture the breadth, depth, and vibrancy of the mail that has reached 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue throughout President Obama’s time in office. People reached out to share their stories, their concerns, and their hopes for themselves and for America. Messages came in through the Internet, on notebook paper, on insurance bills, on the back…


For the eighth and final time, I am presenting my annual Year in Photographs.

All of them were taken either by me or a White House photographer on my staff. For many of the images, I’ve included the backstory behind the image to provide further context or to share why that image was particularly important to me.

As always, the editing for this project is both subjective and personal. Yes, there are some historic moments included but mostly I was looking for behind-the-scenes moments that give people a more personal look at the President and First Lady. …


By Kelly Miterko, Deputy Director, Let’s Move

Through Let’s Move!, First Lady Michelle Obama has helped kids and families lead healthier lives by raising public awareness, supporting policy, and creating programs and partnerships to create a culture shift toward health. The First Lady embraced pop culture, engaged celebrities and athletes, and got involved on social media in her fun, authentic, and inspiring way in order to reach people where they are. As a result, several viral videos came to life.

As we near the end of the Obama administration, we couldn’t help but look back at these moments.

In no particular order, check out our top ten…


By Russell Begaye, President of the Navajo Nation

I am very proud to be both Navajo and American. As the President of the Navajo Nation, I’ve dedicated my life to ensuring that, as a Najavo, my story — and our stories — are part of our collective American history. Today, I want share one of those stories with you.

There was a time when our nations, American and Navajo, were at war with each other — when the U.S. Cavalry forcibly rounded up Navajo men, women, and children, and marched them at gunpoint to a foreign land hundreds of miles away. …


Here’s how Americans used a first-of-its-kind digital government platform to exercise their First Amendment right.

The right to petition your government is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

-The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Under President Obama, the American people were empowered to exercise their first amendment right to petition like never before. We the People, a first-of-its-kind digital platform, gave American citizens a way…

The Obama White House

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