In a video released on Friday, the pair spoke about continuing their service to the public by opening a foundation. In the video, Barack addressed the viewers saying: "Hello everybody. After eight years in the White House, Michelle and I now rejoin all of you as private citizens. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for giving us the incredible privilege of serving this country that we love." Michelle then joked about their future plans as Barack gave a thumbs up in approval, saying: "First, we're going to take a little break. We're finally going to get some sleep and take time to be with our family. And just be still for a little bit so we might not be online quite as much as you're used to seeing us."
They spoke of plans to create The Obama Foundation, which will focus on citizenship. They asked the public to send in ideas on how the foundation could help them. Obama concluded: "The work of perfecting our unions never finish, and we look forward to joining you in that effort as fellow citizens. Thank you, and we will see all of you again soon." The former President sent a final message to the public on Twitter before Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday, writing: "I'm still asking you to believe - not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you." He then added: "I won't stop; I'll be right there with you as a citizen, inspired by your voices of truth and justice, good humour and love." Michelle also signed off in her final tweet as First Lady, writing: "Being your First Lady has been the honour of a lifetime. From the bottom of my heart, thank you."