Farewell Mr. Obama

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obama-family-photo.jpgBarack Obama's presidency is nearing its end, which begs the question -- what will he do with his last morning in power?

If he follows the lead of past presidents, an exit prank and over 100 last-minute pardons could be on the agenda.

Will Obama pen a letter for Trump?

barack-and-michelle-obama.jpgIt is likely Mr Obama will pen some personal words of advice to Donald Trump to leave on the Oval Office desk.

However, the content of the letter may not be made public for years to come.

Some of the most famous last words of presidents have included:

  • "Don't let the turkeys get you down." -- Ronald Reagan to George H W Bush.
  • "I wish you great happiness here. I never felt the loneliness some presidents have described." -- George H W Bush to Bill Clinton.
  • "If you are as happy, my dear sir, on entering this house as I am in leaving it and returning home, you are the happiest man in this country." -- James Buchanan to Abraham Lincoln.

Tea with the Trumps

donald-trump-photo-1.jpgMr Obama will enjoy his last cup of White House brew alongside Mr Trump and his wife Melania.

Like presidents before him, Mr Obama has invited the Trumps to come for tea before they all head together to the Capitol for the inauguration.

Tom Barrack, chairman of the inaugural committee, called the invite "very gracious".


Will Obama grant more pardons? Is Buju Banton on the list?

barack-obama-and-daughters.jpgWhile tying up loose ends, past presidents have issued commutations and pardons during their final hours in office.

In 2009, George W Bush pardoned two former Border Patrol agents on his last day, and in 2001 Mr Clinton drew controversy by pardoning 141 people, including Marc Rich, a billionaire fugitive indicted on tax evasion.

barack-obama-photo-3.jpgMr Obama has already commuted 209 sentences and granted 64 pardons in his final days.

On Wednesday, he issued the most high-profile commutation of his eight-year tenure to Chelsea Manning, who was jailed for leaking classified files to WikiLeaks.

There has been speculation he could issue former secretary of state Hillary Clinton a pre-emptive pardon over any offences committed in her use of a private email server.

Doing so would protect Mrs Clinton if Mr Trump decided to pursue his threats of prosecuting her.

This would be reminiscent of former president Gerald Ford pardoning Richard Nixon before any charges were made over the Watergate scandal.