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Obama says farewell at same moment Trump signs first executive order

Obama says farewell: Yes we did, yes we can

Former president Barack Obama gave a farewell speech to White House staff, supporters and members of the military at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland after the inauguration ceremony for President Donald Trump.
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Former president Barack Obama gave a farewell speech to White House staff, supporters and members of the military at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland after the inauguration ceremony for President Donald Trump.

Now former President Barack Obama delivered remarks in a farewell event with his staff at Joint Base Andrews following President Donald Trump’s inauguration at the same moment Trump starting signing his first executive orders as president.

It is unclear what the executive orders said at press time. The White House website, which was updated with Trump’s policies during the inauguration, contained no information on the orders.

Donald Trump addresses Americans for the first time as the 45th president of the United States. In his brief inaugural speech, the president declares there will be a new America led by the people.

Trump aides have told CNN that Trump will sign ceremonial and logistical executive orders on Friday, but he could also be signing more policy-oriented orders.

Obama’s speech was consistent with most of his farewell speeches, telling the crowd that he had faith in the America people and their ability to do good together.

Following the event, Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama boarded a plane to Palm Springs, California.

“He and his family have enjoyed the time they spent there in the past, and they're looking forward to traveling there on Friday,” former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said earlier this week.

LBJ wore it. So did Ronald Reagan and both George Bush Sr. and Jr. Now, President Donald Trump will receive two Stetson hats at the 2017 Black Tie & Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C.

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