President Barack Obama used the final weekly address of his presidency to ensure the American people that despite leaving the White House in less than three weeks, he will remain vigilant of President-elect Donald Trump over the next four years to ensure the "progress" made by his administration is not undone under Trump.
Obama used the majority of the address to reflect on his eight years in office, touting his "accomplishments" as president — which many would disagree with — such as job growth, income growth, bringing troops home from the Middle East, saving the Earth with climate deals, a "resurgent" auto industry, falling poverty rates, providing health insurance to 20 million people, his Iran deal, opening diplomatic relations with Cuba and of course — killing Osama bin Laden.
"Almost every country on Earth sees America as stronger and more respected today than they did eight years ago," Obama said. "We have made extraordinary progress as a country these past eight years."
All of that "progress," Obama contended, was "not inevitable." Instead, the president said it was a result of his hard work.
Going forward, Obama said the task of ensuring that America sees continued progress will fall on the shoulders of all Americans.
"As I prepare to take on the even more important role of citizen, know that I will be there with you every step of the way to ensure that this country forever strives to live up to the incredible promise of our founding — that all of us are created equal, and all of us deserve every chance to live out our dreams," Obama said.
Obama initially said earlier this year that when his presidency finally came to an end, he would like to live outside of the spotlight for a while and spend time quietly with his family. Well, that was when he thought Hillary Clinton would succeed him as president.
However, since Trump won the White House last month, Obama has sang a much different tune. In the days following the election, Obama said that he will be very involved in politics and plans to offer public criticism of Trump whenever he deems it to be necessary.
Watch Obama's address below: