Tearful White House staffers pack up, pose with Obama, turn in their phones and badges and archive their computers before leaving on Thursday night…(Adios, Chumps!!)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
By Paul Martin

Mass exodus underway at the White House this week, as Obama and his staff pack up their offices and turn in their Blackberrys
Obama staffers sad to leave and horrified at the thought that incoming Trump administration will seek to undo their work from the last eight years
One former aide who left a few weeks ago says that for the first time in years he didn’t have to set the morning alarm to wake up
During Josh Earnest’s final briefing as press secretary, there were tears on the faces of his deputies

18 January 2017

They line up near the Oval Office, down the hallway toward the Cabinet Room, with their spouses and young kids in tow.

When it’s their turn, the White House staffers enter for a few private moments with President Barack Obama, a photo and a farewell hug from the boss.

There’s a mass exodus underway this week at the White House, as Obama and his staff pack up their offices and turn in their BlackBerrys.

For some who joined Obama’s team right out of college, it’s the end of the only professional experience they’ve ever known.

The finals days of any president’s administration are always bittersweet and heavy on nostalgia, as officials face the transition back to being ‘civilians’ who will no longer have their hands on the nation’s levers of power.

There is added sadness for Obama staffers who, by and large, are horrified by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.

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