Obama Shares Heartfelt Facebook Message to Sasha and Malia

Published On: November 29, 2016 04:36 PM NPT By: Agencies

Obama's final turkey pardoning wasn't the only thing that made folks get emotional this Thanksgiving. On Thursday morning, POTUS posted this touching Facebook message about his experience in the Oval Office, and what it's been like to see his daughters grow into "funny, smart, humble, and extraordinary young women." Along with his heartfelt words, Obama also added in some throwback photos of the family. Eight years ago when the president first took office, Sasha was 7 and Malia was 10.

"Today, my family will join Americans across the country in sitting down together to give thanks for the good in our lives. This will be the last time we celebrate Thanksgiving in the White House.

For me, this house has served as the backdrop to the tough decisions and trying times that often characterize the Presidency. But it's also been home― it's where Michelle and I have watched our daughters grow into the funny, smart, humble, and extraordinary young women they are today.

And when I look back over the years, what strikes me most about my girls is that, despite the challenges that have come their way, they have remained extraordinarily kind. They treat people with the respect and understanding that all of us deserve―no matter who we are, where we come from, who we love, or what we believe. It's that bedrock belief in decency that can only come from an inherent optimism about the road ahead. And it's what I find in all the young people I meet when I travel the country and the world.

So today, as we gather to spend time with the people who matter most, let's take some time to remind our children why we are so thankful for them. Because of them, I feel more certain than ever that―no matter what lies ahead―America will always be shaped by those who strive to be kind, giving, and fearless about the future. I'm grateful for that."

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