As president Obama’s time in the White House comes to an end, people all over the country — and the world — have prepared for their departure with messages of hope and heartfelt farewells.
Celebrities have also taken to Instagram to share their memories of the First Family and their own touching goodbyes.
Grab a box of tissues, and click through the messages shared by some of our favorite stars.
Tracee remembered meeting the president during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, writing, “Thank you @BarackObama @MichelleObama for making history, creating a legacy for this country that we can all be proud of, and for expanding the realm of possibility & hope for our young people.”
Meeting Michelle Obama made a lasting impact on the actress, who shared, “@MichelleObama, may you continue to shine your light and impact future generations to come!”
The young actress simply wrote, “Feeling Nostalgic.”
The singer’s farewell to the President was a message of thanks for his time in office.
The rapper’s farewell included a quote from Dr. Seuss and urged us no to “cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
Usher shared a photo of himself singing and dancing with the Obamas, quoting President Obama, “Change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to demand it.”
Rhimes shared a selfie from Chicago, where she witnessed the President’s farewell.
For Laverne Cox, the Obamas “make me proud to be an American and an African American.” She wrote, “What a blessing to have been alive the past 8 years with these incredible people leading us.”
Joined by Maxwell, Hardwick shared a heartfelt message of Obama’s legacy and what he meant to black men across the country.
Wale, like many us of, isn’t ready to see President Obama leave. He wrote, “We need each other more than ever.. Thank You Good Brother.”
Ne-Yo shared a throwback with the Obamas and messages of thanks for all they’ve done.
Obama’s presidency was a historic moment that Ludacris will always remember. Sharing a throwback of himself with the President, he wrote, “History has been made.”
Luckett shared an adorable selfie with the First Lady, remembering the time she met Michelle Obama and saying goodbye to the woman who’s inspired women across the country for the last eight years.
Hudson recalled meeting and performing for the Obamas, writing, “Being able to witness the first African American president was already more than a dream finally realized but to also become a part of that journey will also be one of my greatest achievement. thank u for so many opportunities of a lifetime! Thank you for your leadership! Once again I am honored to call you my president and First Lady! In office or not anytime you all call, as always I’ll be there!”
Williams shared a throwback of herself with her mother and daughter meeting Michelle Obama, adding, “Honored to stand with and support you and @BarackObama. Miss them already.”