Obamas depart Washington after Trump takes oath

WASHINGTON (AP) 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.

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

The helicopter headed to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Obama thanked supporters before he departs for a vacation in California — saying that they "proved the power of hope."

Obama was joined by former first lady Michelle Obama at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. They took a helicopter there from the Capitol following President Donald Trump's swearing-in ceremonies.

The outgoing president says he and his wife have sometimes been the "voice out front" but his push for changes in the country that began with his 2008 presidential campaign "has never been about us. It has always been about you."

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