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President Obama Delivered His Last, Emotional World AIDS Day Message (Video)

"Long after I leave office, you'll have a friend in me."

In honor of World AIDS Day, president Barack Obama has issued one final proclamation, LGBTQ Nation reports.

In a two-minute video, Obama reflects on how far we've come in the fight to raise awareness and treat AIDS/HIV, and how far we still have to go.

"This is the last World AIDS Day that I will mark as president," Obama begins. "And I am very proud of what we've accomplished together over the last 8 years."

"Here and around the world, nearly 18 million people are receiving the treatment and care they need. Millions of infections have been prevented," he continued. "What once seemed like an impossible dream — the dream of an AIDS-free generation — is within our grasp. But we know that there's more to do to banish stigma, save lives, and empower everyone to reach their potential. And all of us — doctors, advocates, service providers, businesses, governments, and individuals just like you — need to do our part."

Obama ends the video on a hopeful note, adding, "Together, we can do this, and long after I leave office, you'll have a friend in me."

Who else is really gonna miss this guy? You can read the proclamation in full here, and watch the video below.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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