On this day, I give my thanks to that person most deserving of it—
Barack Obama … my President … I thank you profoundly for the eight years you have given this nation and its people,
… for the intelligence, compassion and elegance with which you have administered your office,
… for sharing your beautiful family with us,
… for the sincere kindness you have shown those in desperate need of kindness,
… for protecting us with diligence, constraint and commitment,
… for your dedication to the cultivation of the human spirit, the enhancement of human opportunity, the refinement of human justice, the struggle for human transcendence.
You are an incomparable human being, President Obama, and your greatest legacy will be, always, your fine self.
It has been an honor to share this time with you.