WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 30: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on April 30, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Obama answered questions on various issues including the current situations in Syria. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A classy man all around and one of Canada’s best friends, US President BARACK OBAMA delivered some parting words to the Press Corps yesterday.  PHOTOS BELOW – by White House official photographer PETE SOUZA.

obama7January 20, 2009. ‘The President-elect was about to walk out to take the oath of office.’

obama5August 15, 2012. ‘The President hugs the First Lady after she had introduced him at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa.’  Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times – “The graciousness that the Obamas displayed toward the Trumps, even as in private they must have been beating their heads against the wall, exemplified class.  And if, as I fear, we see the White House transformed into a bog of scandals flowing from an unprincipled narcissist, we as a nation will be more appreciative of a first family that set an impeccable example for all the world.”

President Barack Obama, right, and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, stand to shake hands following their bilateral meeting at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

November 19, 2015 – Canada’s Prime Minister JUSTIN TRUDEAU and the President at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Summit in Manila.  PHOTO – Susan Walsh.AP

U.S. President Barack Obama, centre, is greeted by a standing ovation in the House of Commons in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. Adrian Wyld/CP

June 29, 2916 – President Obama is greeted by a standing ovation before addressing Canada’s House of Commons.  PHOTO – Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press

obama4October 1, 2015 – the President sits on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office while talking with two aides.

obama9April 9, 2015 – ‘The President’s wave aligns with a rainbow as he boards Air Force One  prior to departure for Kingston, Jamaica’  Happy (temporary) Retirement, Mr. President!  We miss you already.

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