The Obamas have returned to Capitol Hill. President and First Lady Obama touched down in Washington D.C. after vacationing in Hawaii with their daughters during the Christmas season.
Malia was the first family member to step off Air Force One. The 18-year-old was dressed casually and focused more on her descending steps than on surrounding paparazzi. Sasha exited the aircraft alongside her mother and father. The president waved at bystanders while standing beside his daughter and wife.
It will be a bittersweet celebration later this month as the Obamas make room for the next first family. The president is planning to return to his hometown of Chicago to render a farewell speech that will be nothing short of remarkable.
During his 8-year term, President Obama was given much praise while being subjected to abundant scrutiny. Many accused the commander in chief of reviving the concept of racism in America while others celebrated the president and his family for their message of hope.
First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the backlash that she and her husband faced during his terms in office in an exit interview with Oprah. “I didn’t just wake up first lady,” she said. “I went to law school, I practiced law, I worked for the city, I ran a nonprofit (and) I was an executive at a hospital. I’ve been in the world. I’ve worked in every sector, and you don’t do that without coming up against some stuff. You know, having your feelings hurt, having people say things about you that aren’t true,” Mrs. Obama explained.
“Life hits you, so over the course of living, you learn how to protect yourself in it. You learn to take in what you need and get rid of the stuff that’s clearly not true,” the first lady added.
President Obama is slated to give his farewell speech on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. He will go down in history as the 44th president of the United States and the first African-American to serve in the office of president.