As Obama stands on the porch of the white house with his beautiful wife, watching as the motorcade that brings the president-elect,Donald Trump and his wife meander right into the frontage of the white house. Though he stands with mixed feelings, sadness and joy, fulfillment and regrets, one thing is very sure, he logs out today as the 44th president of the United states as Donald trump begins an era.
For the rest of his life, Barack Obama will be able to walk into arenas and get a standing ovation and requests for hugs, handshakes and selfies.
A generation of Democrats will remember the sense of revolution that seized America in 2008 when he won the presidency.
They will describe to their children the sheer hope they felt when the Bush era came to an end.
He won his place in the history books by showing that a black man could win the presidency of a country still struggling with the legacy of slavery, ethnic persecution and segregation.
But right now, as the Obama era enters its final hours, millions of voters will look at the prospect of Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House.