Rolling Stone (@rollingstone)

What better way to generate headlines about a new show than to land one of the most in-demand guests on the planet? Obama appeared on the first episode of David Letterman's new Netflix talk show 'My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.' During the interview, the former president was chatty but relentlessly on-message, sticking to non-controversial subjects like his family, his legacy and the importance of protecting and expanding voting rights. See what we learned from the interview at RollingStone.com. Photograph by Joe Pugliese

NICOLE MARIE EVENTS (@nicolemarieeventschicago)

Having a front row seat viewing history in the making for sure made it to my top five amazing life experiences! #oneyeartoday #farewell #44 #obama #obamafarewell #potus #history -#blessed

Leslie dela Vega (@leslie.delavega)

A must slideshow on his feed. So proud of what you’ve done and continue to do Aneesh! #Repost @aneeshraman
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A year ago: #ObamaFarewell, that speech in Chicago and my attempt at describing the impact that the Obamas had on my life. "I’ve long felt it undeniable that President Obama and Michelle Obama changed this country in fundamental ways for the better. But they also changed a whole lot of lives in equally fundamental ways. They changed the course of my career when I left a job I had worked for years to get at CNN to join the '08 campaign. And they changed the course of my life, instilling in me and so many others who were privileged to work in this Administration a calling to do our part, for as long as we can, to build a more equal and more just nation. For all of us, they have been singular examples of not just how to go high when others go low but also how to stay focused on doing good no matter what the world throws your way and how to be a parent worthy of the potential that lies inside your child.
The first time I "met" Obama, I awkwardly waved to him as he walked through the campaign headquarters on a Sunday in Chicago. The first time I properly met Obama was right before he delivered one of the first speeches I worked on, which was for World AIDS Day. It was no less awkward an encounter. And the first time I had a chance to have anything resembling a conversation with him was when he had all of us speechwriters over for lunch to talk about the coming year (a re-election year). He asked for our thoughts. He respected our opinion. That blew my mind. And staying true to the awkward theme, I managed to be eating at the time the photo was taken.
But through it all, one of the best parts of being on the White House staff was what that meant to those around me. To some of my favorite teachers from high school who I got to take around the West Wing. And most of all to my dad, who grew up in a small town in southern India with an eye firmly fixed on America (so much so that he drew portraits of Kennedy and Lincoln on the front wall of his house), and who just a few decades after showing up in this country got to walk into the Oval Office and me

ACThePlug 🔌 (@actheplug)

Thanks to @petesouza for the reminder that #ObamaFarewell took place one year ago today. One of the saddest days of life. Here are a few of the shots I took that evening 🤧😭... I’ll just be here eating my ice cream in sorrow.

Jon Ladalla (@jonladalla)

A year ago today... @barackobama praised @michelleobama and moved us all. @realdonaldtrump has tried to erase everything this man has done but moments like this remind us of what decency in the office looked like.
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#blacklivesmatter #potus #obama #obamafarewell #michelleobama #chicago #history

Aneesh Raman (@aneeshraman)

A year ago: #ObamaFarewell, that speech in Chicago and my attempt at describing the impact that the Obamas have had on my life. "I’ve long felt it undeniable that President Obama and Michelle Obama changed this country in fundamental ways for the better. But they also changed a whole lot of lives in equally fundamental ways. They changed the course of my career when I left a job I had worked for years to get at CNN to join the '08 campaign. And they changed the course of my life, instilling in me and all who were privileged to work in this Administration a calling to do our part, for as long as we can, to build a more equal and just nation. They have been singular examples of not just how to go high when others go low but also how to stay focused on doing good no matter what the world throws your way. And they showed us how to be a spouse worthy of your partner and a parent worthy of the potential that lies inside your child.
The first time I "met" Obama, I awkwardly waved to him as he walked through the campaign headquarters on a Sunday in Chicago. The first time I properly met Obama was right before he delivered one of the first speeches I worked on, which was for World AIDS Day. It was no less awkward an encounter. And the first time I had a chance to have anything resembling a conversation with him was when he had all of us speechwriters over for lunch to talk about the coming year (a re-election year). He asked for our thoughts. He respected our opinion. That blew my mind. And staying true to the awkward theme, I managed to be eating at the time the photo was taken.
But through it all, one of the best parts of being on the White House staff was what that meant to those around me. To some of my favorite teachers from high school who I got to take around the West Wing. And most of all to my dad, who grew up in a small town in southern India with an eye firmly fixed on America (so much so that he drew portraits of Kennedy and Lincoln on the front wall of his house), and who just a few decades after showing up in this country got to walk into the Oval Office and meet the President.
The Obamas changed this country. They also changed my life.”

ASL (@alysesuzanne)

One year ago, two days after my lung collapsed, I stood with Shilpa for a lot of hours--happy to be alive but still very sick--to see Obama deliver his farewell speech.
Took this quick clip afterward when we finally got to sit down in the car.
If I can be cheesy, cliche, whatever you want to call it for a moment: laughter is truly the best medicine. #ObamaFarewell

kiko | kikospeaks 💋 (@kikostyles)

i can’t even believe this was a year ago today! my goodness. i was tired, cold + my feet were killing me by the time it was over, but there was no way i was missing the #obamafarewell. i shared some thoughts on this day on #kikospeaks; you should check that out 😊. oh, and we’re not gonna get into the mess, known as #45, that has followed barry o smh 🤦🏽‍♀️ 🙄.

Megan Hamilton / ubu skills (@ubuskills)

Big sighs for #JanuarySpeakUp Day 7. Sometimes you have to battle emotions while speaking in public. #Obama’s farewell address might not bring you to tears, but it sure did me. Five minutes! Go - get er done and feel good about putting in #selfimprovement time.
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#ygk #publicspeaking #obamafarewell
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