Fri. 1 p.m.: Obamas depart Washington

Former President Barack Obama waves as he boards a Marine helicopter during a departure ceremony on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON – Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, are departing Washington.

The Obamas held hands as they walked to a military helicopter parked outside the East Front of the Capitol after Donald Trump took the oath of office.

Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump escorted the Obamas, and then the couples exchanges small talk and handshakes.

The helicopter is heading to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Obama will address staff and supporters before he and his wife fly to California for a vacation.

The Obamas will return to Washington where they will live while their youngest daughter will finish school.

Pope Francis has congratulated Trump on his inauguration and urged the new U.S. president to show concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need who “stand before our door.”

Francis says in a message that he’s praying Trump’s decisions will be guided by the “rich spiritual and ethical values” that have shaped America’s history.

The pope also offers these words: “Under your leadership, may America’s stature continue to be measured above all by its concern for the poor, the outcast and those in need.”

In his first speech as president delivered moments after he took the oath of office, Trump borrowed from his campaign speeches and promising this: “Together we will make America strong again,” wealthy again, strong again and proud again.

He also said when Americans open their heart to patriotism, “there is no room for prejudice.”

In his inauguration address, Trump repeated a campaign promise to eradicate “radical Islam” from the face of the earth. He promised to seek friendship with all nations by reinforcing existing alliances and forming new ones.

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