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In one of the more poignant Inauguration (opens in new tab) traditions (opens in new tab) of the day, the newly-minted President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania escorted Barack and Michelle Obama to Marine One, the official Presidential helicopter, as they made their exit out of Washington, D.C.
The as-adorable-as-ever (opens in new tab) Obamas held hands as they walked to the helicopter and had a friendly goodbye with the Trumps—handshakes and air kisses included. Just before boarding, Obama waved to the Capitol one last time.
Former POTUS @BarackObama waves goodbye to DC and is off to a much-deserved vacation. #InaugurationDay updates here: https://t.co/YuIx011Iu9 pic.twitter.com/BBEEa1AheYJanuary 20, 2017
President Trump and Melania stood on the steps of the Capitol with Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, waving the Obamas off as Marine One departed. The Obamas are heading to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and are leaving for a vacation in California later today, according to the Washington Post (opens in new tab).
Watch the entire bittersweet moment below.
President Trump escorts President Obama to helicopter outside Capitol, as is tradition pic.twitter.com/lOcWQ4ESvdJanuary 20, 2017
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