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‘Thank you,’ Obama tells the American people as he leaves Oval Office for final time
President Obama waves as he leaves the Oval Office before the start of presidential inaugural festivities for Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Just before 9:30 a.m., President Obama left the Oval Office for the final time.

As he did, reporters asked, “Feeling nostalgic?”

Obama responded, “Of course.”

Another reporter shouted, “Any words for the American people?”

The 44th president of the United States answered, “Thank you.”

Live coverage of Trump’s inauguration
The U.S. Capitol frames the backdrop over the stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony this week in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Donald Trump will be sworn in Friday during an inauguration that’s expected to draw between 700,000 and 900,000 people. Security officials said there are 63 demonstration groups, pro and con, also expected Friday. Follow our liveblog for updates through this afternoon’s inaugural parade.

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