“The privilege of my life:” President Barack Obama lays out his legacy in his own words on Twitter

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 16: U.S. President Barack Obama answers questions during a news conference in the Brady Press Breifing Room at the White House December 16, 2016 in Washington, DC. In what could be the last press conference of his presidency, afterwards Obama will be leaving for his annual family vacation in Hawaii. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Calling the presidency “the privilege of my life,” President Barack Obama took to Twitter Sunday, January 1st to lay out his legacy in his own terms.

President Obama began a seven-message series of tweets by saying: “As we look ahead to the future, I wanted to take a moment to look back on the remarkable progress that you made possible these past eight years.”

He touted “the longest streak of job growth in our history” and said that “after decades of rising health care costs, today nearly every American now has access to the financial security of affordable health care.”

The two-term Democratic president also highlighted moves toward green energy, the ends of foreign conflicts and the legalization of same-sex marriage.

President Obama concluded by writing: “It’s been the privilege of my life to serve as your President. I look forward to standing with you as a citizen. Happy New Year everybody.”

President Obama’s tweet-storm came as Sean Spicer, President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming White House press secretary, said on ABC’s “This Week” that President-elect Trump will immediately “repeal a lot of the regulations and actions that have been taken by this administration over the last eight years that have hampered both economic growth and job creation.”

He didn’t specify which executive actions President-elect Trump will repeal. But President-elect Trump has long been critical of President Obama’s moves on immigration, energy regulation and foreign policy, and could look for ways to undo those and other actions.

President Obama has used Twitter before, but never as frequently as his successor, President-elect Trump.

The tweets come as President Obama’s @POTUS handle is set to be transitioned to President-elect Trump. President Obama’s tweets will be maintained, though, under a new handle — @POTUS44 — that will launch once he leaves office, the White House has said.

President Obama is also set to deliver a final speech, which the White House will announce Monday, January 2nd — where he will defend his legacy.


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