By Natelege Whaley
President Barack Obama hands over the White House keys to his successor and biggest doubter President-elect Donald Trump on Inauguration Day. Time flies and it will be hard to say goodbye. Eight years ago, Obama made history as the first African-American president. But he will also go down as the first Head of State to go viral. Since 2008, Obama’s most humorous and coolest moments were retweeted, liked memed over and over again. With the reality of this transition in power upon us, heavy nostalgia has kicked in. We can’t get four more years, but at least Obama’s charisma lives on the Internet forever. We grabbed some of Obama’s most humorous, smoothest and shadiest moments that were catapulted online during his presidency.
Roasting Trump at White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Trump once said Obama was not born in the United States, a lie that some would say kickstarted Trump’s political career. At the 2011 Correspondents’ Dinner, Obama hit back at Trump, who was sitting in the office, for the ridiculous claim. “No one is prouder to put this birth certificate matter to rest than the Donald. And that’s because he can finally get back to focusing on the issues that matter,” Obama said. “Like did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?” At the 5:20 mark, Obama predicts how Trump would take on the White House if president. Wonder if he thought it would actually happen.
Serenading Us to Get Those Votes
While raising money for re-election in April 2012, Obama stopped at Harlem’s famous Apollo Theater and belted out soulful chops to the classic “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green. The audience went mad and we discovered POTUS could carry a pretty decent note.
Shutting Down Clint Eastwood With an Epic Tweet
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 31, 2012
Nothing says, congratulations you played yourself!, more than the moment actor Clint Eastwood pretended to speak to an imaginary Obama during a speech at the GOP convention. While Eastwood reprimanded and talked down to a chair next to the podium where the invisible Obama sat, POTUS tweeted this one line shutting it all down: “This seat’s taken.”
Dapping Up Kevin DurantEmbedded from vine.co.
One of the most popular loops on the Internet was this clip capturing Obama’s code-switching at play. POTUS greeted a coach with a friendly handshake but when he saw Durant, he swung that hand back and leaned in for a proper greeting to the NBA All-Star. The song “My Hitta” by YG, playing in the background, only added to the hilarity of the moment.
“Don’t touch my girlfriend”
While voting in the Midterm elections in 2014, a Chicago man named Mike Jones and his fiancée Aia Cooper were next to the president casting their ballots as well. But Jones couldn’t help but to talk some smack. “Don’t touch my girlfriend,” he said to the president. Obama played into it later hugging Cooper before he walked off and said, “You’re gonna kiss me, give him something to talk about.” Obama is the king of quick smooth comebacks and this is proof.
Ultimate Flex at 2015 State of the Union Address
As Obama inched closer and closer to the end of his term, he began showing more signs of being unbothered by his detractors. “I have no more campaigns to run,” he proclaimed proudly at the State of the Union. This is followed by a smirk. “I know because I’ve won both of them.”
Shocking Jamaica With His Solid Patois
“Greetings Massive!” Obama wasted no time winning over a crowd he addressed in Jamaica last year. It was no guessing that he felt right at home with the weather, food and hospitality island life can bring you.
This Classic State Dinner PhotoGetty Images
It’s regular for FLOTUS to stunt at any formal event the White House is hosting, but Michelle Obama stunned us in a black Vera Wang dress during the 2015 State Dinner. Clearly POTUS was proud and it showed. The image of the First couple stepping out in all-black everything for the annual diplomatic banquet was a highly shared gem on social media that was nothing short of #relationshipgoals.
Obama signed off of his final White House Correspondents’ dinner by channeling Kobe Bryant’s goodbye speech at his final game this season. The reference is no surprise as Obama – who is known to ball himself – is an avid NBA fan.
Slow Jamming the News on Jimmy Fallon
Here, Bareezus, slow jams his eight years of accomplishments as president during a popular segment on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. From improving the economy to same sex marriage being legalized, Obama can always humble brag about the major changes he brought America while in office.
Watch our VH1 stars say farewell to beloved President Obama.