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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama smile together as they wait to greet Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini on the North Portico. | Getty

United State’s President Barack Obama delivered an inspirational message to the American people and that serving as president as been an honour as he and US First Lady Michelle Obama delivered their final Christmas message in the White House.

President Obama delivered a weekly video address for the Christmas holiday week reflecting on his 8 years in office and recounting his achievements and the impact of his presidency in the lives of ordinary Americans.

He was helped by First Lady Michelle Obama who opened the message with a light-hearted jab at her husband for his “dad jokes”, there was a flashback to their first attempt to deliver a Christmas message in 2009.

The US president said would leave with the US “stronger and more prosperous” and “more respected around the world” thanks to his tenure.

The First Family used the address to pay tribute to US troops serving around the world who they said honoured the values of “boundless love, compassion and hope”.

The Obamas will be leaving the White House in January 2017 after he hands over to President Elect Donald Trump. The couple has been a huge source of inspiration for millions around the world. They have been the embodiment of grace under pressure and an example of what happens when you dream and work hard to make them come true.

Barack Obama ran on the platform of hope and he leaves the White House saying that he succeeded and he is as hopeful as he was in 2008 when he won the race to the White House; hopeful in the next generation.

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