A look back at the final year of the Obama Administration

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - The final year of a President Barack Obama's White House comes to a close. From the campaign trail to unprecedented foreign visits, the president capped off his two terms with a historic year.

It was a year of firsts for President Obama, including the first trip to Cuba by an American president in more than 50 years.

"The United States is the most powerful nation on earth. Period," said President Obama at his final State of the Union Address.

It was a year full of firsts. President Obama became the first sitting president to visit Cuba in over 50 years, helping to restore diplomatic relations.

"This is a new day. Es un nuevo dia," said Obama.

He also received his first veto override at the hands of Congress. The President rejected a bill, which would allow families of victims of terrorism to sue nations responsible. Congress fought back with strong bipartisan support.

This was not the only time President Obama was dealt a blow from Congress in 2016. Merrick Garland, his nominee to fill the late Justice Scalia's seat, was never given a hearing or a vote.

The president was able to create some change on his own. He commuted nearly 700 prison sentences in 2016, the most by a president in one year.

"By exercising these Presidential powers, I have the chance to show people what a second chance can look like," said President Obama.

The administration also passed a directive allowing people in public schools and government buildings to use bathrooms of their gender identity, sparking outrage from conservative groups.

The President also gave a speech similar to ones we’ve heard before. This one after a shooting in Orlando left 49 dead.

"This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub," said President Obama during a news conference.

He also spent a good deal of time on the campaign trail, doing bidding for
the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

"Tonight I ask you to do for Hillary Clinton what you did for me," he said at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. "I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me."

And when the nation decided that it wanted a changing of the guard, the president said he was willing to help the transition of President-elect Donald Trump.

"We now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed," he told Trump at a press conference. "Because if you succeed, then the country succeeds."

President Obama has just a couple weeks left at the White House, the place he has called home for 8 years. He officially hands over the keys on January 20.

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