WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama announced Monday morning that he is resigning from the presidency effective immediately and moving to the United Kingdom.
According to a White House press release, Obama has lost all hope for the country after this morning's shooting of four firefighters in upstate New York that took place less than two weeks after a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school left 26 people dead.
"This country has some pretty tough issues to tackle and unfortunately I don't have the patience or the stomach to debate common sense gun control legislation with ultra right-wing goons like NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre," Obama said.
The former president went on to say that he has greatly enjoyed his time in the White House and looks forward to the accomplishments of the new Biden administration.
"Sunny days are in store for this great country," Obama said. "And I can't wait to watch all the exciting changes from my new London flat."
He ended his announcement with a simple plea to the American people.
"Please understand what an incredibly difficult decision this was for me," he said. "I ask that you forgive me for this choice, and that you show Joe Biden the same love and support that you've shown me."
Obama is scheduled to depart the White House for London on Christmas Day, along with former First Lady Michelle Obama, their daughters, Sasha and Malia, and the family dog, Bo.
Joe Biden was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Monday evening. He announced that he will nominate Hillary Clinton for Vice President.