With only a few weeks until the inauguration of Donald Trump into the White House, many are already starting to reminisce as our first Black president's recent appearances have been part of Barack Obama's — and his family's — series of lasts.
This week, the nostalgia seemed to especially hit Tinseltown as the White House released a video featuring celebrities sharing their favorite moments from the Obama presidency. The clip came a few days before Hollywood visited the White House in the form of the first family's star-studded farewell party.
Below, check out four moments of adieu that have us crying and then laughing about the past eight years.
1. Celebrities share their favorite Obama moment.
As part of the lead up to the president's final address on January 10, the White House invited celebrities and citizens to discuss their favorite memories of Obama. Reflections in the video range from the comedic to the emotional, including Jerry Seinfeld describing the "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" with the president as "probably the peak of my entire existence," and Kerry Washington revealing that Obama's election was one of the first times she's felt really part of the "we" in "We the people."
2. T.I. pens moving open letter to President Obama.
T.I.'s message to Obama in the New York Times is the most recent in his series of open letters. In it, the rapper and actor thanked the president for the changes he brought to the nation, and vowed to continue working toward a world that seemed less like an ideal and more like a possibility that it seemed some eight years ago. "Not only did you impact a nation, but you defined a culture and you shook up and woke up a generation," he wrote.
T.I. told the paper that through the letters, he hopes to be a voice to those who can't speak for themselves.
3. Key and Peele resurrect "Obama’s Angry Translator" for one final performance.
The comic duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele surprised The Daily Show audience during Key's recent appearance with the last performance of Luther, the imagined alter ego of President Obama who says all the things that presidents aren't allowed to say. The sketch focuses on what you would expect: the election, Trump, and the division felt nationwide, but its ending reveals that Obama might no longer need Luther now that he's no longer president.
4. Stars flocked to the White House for the Obamas’ farewell party.
Michelle and Barack hosted one final White House affair on January 6 to thank celebrity supporters for the past eight years. The guest list included A-listers such as George and Amal Clooney, Meryl Streep, and John Legend and Chrissy Teigen. The event, which featured a performance from Solange Knowles, is said to have lasted until the early hours of the morning.
Cover image via Pete Souza / The White House