Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe—not in my ability to create change, but in yours.— President Obama (@POTUS) January 11, 2017
Many big-name stars were present at the celebration to pay homage to the now-former president — including BJ the Chicago Kid, who sang the national anthem; and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, who performed with the Chicago Children's Choir, delivering "Rise," as well as covers of Patti Smith's "People Have the Power," Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" and Labi Siffre's "(Something Inside) So Strong."
Following the official address, plenty of artists from across music, film and television have weighed in with their own parting words for Obama. Before Donald Trump is sworn in as the United States' new leader on January 20, read a selection of those messages (and one particularly horrifying Photoshop creation from Drake) below.
Thanks, Obama!— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) January 11, 2017
#ObamaFarewell showed class, dignity, competence, and highlighted serious achievement...America at its best. Now Trump. Ouch!— Jerry Springer (@jerryspringer) January 11, 2017
Tammy put some respek on our president name .Pls Thx https://t.co/d53ir9qWTF— Wale (@Wale) January 11, 2017
been alive since 84. haven't seen anyone handle the WH with as much poise & prowess as Barack. front to back. great work. #FarewellObama— Into It. Over It. (@intoitoverit) January 11, 2017