Former President Barack Obama has been living the dream ever since he left office more than a year ago.
From vacationing in exotic locations, to dancing at a Beyoncé-Jay Z concert, to negotiating a Netflix deal, Obama has been making the most of his post-presidency – and it’s hard not to feel a little nostalgic for the eight years he was in office.
Here’s a glimpse at the moments that made people love Obama, and show why many miss him now.
He was just the best with kids.
From the littlest toddlers …
… to the tallest teenagers.
He even made time for tiny elephants.
The affection he showed first lady Michelle Obama could melt anyone’s heart.
And the moments they shared were some of the most iconic of his presidency.
Obama made fast friends with world leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
And he was best buds with our neighbour to the north, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
He even made friends with the Pope.
This pope, too.
He could scowl with all the strength of an Olympian …
… and tango with the skill of an Argentinian.
He was always quick on his feet …
… no matter who his companion was.
And he was known for keeping a cool head even in the oddest of situations.
But he could turn up the heat when necessary, too.
Obama was never afraid to show a little emotion, whether it was his during his final presidential campaign rally …
… or in his final weeks as president.
He knew how important it was to honour civil rights history …
… and to be a role model to young black men everywhere.
Obama always knew when to show the love, whether it was with his daughters …
… or with his former rival-turned-secretary of state, Hillary Clinton …
… or even just with this very good boy.
Obama was known for his viral moments — remember when his tan suit broke the internet?
And like the rest of us, he swooned when Michelle got bangs.
He even had to try them out for himself.
He had his fair share of awkward moments, too. Like that time he survived this complicated handshake.
And when he made this less-than-pleasant face with Putin.
And when he gave the limp-fish arm to Raul Castro.
But for the most part, Obama got along with just about everyone. And he always made time to pound it out —whether it was with soldiers …
… or supporters …
… or the White House custodian.
In the words of the 44th president, “Obama out!”
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