Obama's Last Day as President

When Barack Obama's Second Term Ends

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President Barack Obama arrives at the U.S. Capitol on his final day in office, January 20, 2017. Win McNamee / Getty Images

President Barack Obama's last day as president will be January 20, 2017, which is a Friday. Obama's last full day in the White House will be on Jan. 19, 2017, which is a Thursday.

Obama, like every other president serving his final term, became a lame duck president the day he was sworn into office for a second time following his Election Day rout of Mitt Romney in 2012. 

The next president will be chosen in the 2016 election and be sworn into office at noon on Jan.

20, 2017. That day is called Inauguration Day.

Obama's Last Day

The date of the presidential swearing-in and conclusion of a president's term is set by the 20th Amendment to the Constitution.

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Under the terms of the 20th Amendment, Obama's second term ends at noon on Jan. 20, 2017. The first term of Obama's successor begins upon the swearing-in ceremony at that time.

The 20th Amendment reads, in part:

"The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the terms of their successors shall then begin."

Awaiting Obama's Last Day

It's become a sort of modern-day political tradition for a president's staunchest critics to begin counting down his last days in office.

Obama endured such treatment from conservative Republicans.

There were even commercial endeavors to celebrate Obama's last day in office: bumper stickers, buttons and T-shirts announcing Jan. 20, 2017, as the "End of an error" and "American's happiest day."

Obama's predecessor, Republican President George W.

Bush, was the target of similar campaigns, including an Out of Office Countdown Wall Calendar that included some of the most well known Bushisms

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The Republican National Committee celebrated Obama's last day as president by posting the date on its website even before he was elected to a second term in 2012. The GOP designed the ad to raise money from conservatives worried about him being re-elected.

The party said:

"The RNC is clearly not giving President Obama a free pass in 2012 - quite the opposite actually, we are aggressively showing voters what our country would look like after another four years of President Obama and his tax and spend policies that have done nothing to create jobs and leave us vulnerable to governments like China."

When Obama Was Sworn In To His Final Term

Obama was sworn into a second term on Jan. 20, 2013, after easily defeating Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.

Why Obama Can Serve Only Two Terms

Obama, like all U.S. presidents, cannot serve a third term in the White House because of the Constitution's 22nd Amendment, even though many conspiracy theorists believe Obama will try to remain president beyond his eight years in office.