His famous last words? “Hasta la vista, baby. Thank you.” A Terminator movie reference.
Some bestow wisdom learned in the gig, others focus on looking forward, and sometimes a comical tidbit is what is remembered most, years on.
Thank you very much. (Humming noises heard).
Walking back to No 10 Downing Street, the prime minister’s office, a “do, doo, do, do…right” is heard from Mr Cameron before he takes off his lapel microphone.
On Twitter, some speculated Mr Cameron’s humming was a sign of calm, content to be handing over the reins in the chaos of Brexit.
“I asked the PM what the tune was, and he said there wasn’t really one,” Mr Oliver told the BBC. “He was just nervous that someone wasn’t going to re-open the door. There was a very, very pregnant pause before someone opened the door and he thought he might be stranded there.”
Four Seasons … Total Landscaping?
The event at Four Seasons Total Landscaping gave birth to countless memes and jokes.
Among many Google reviews left at the time, one person wrote: “When I was losing an election back in 2004, I knew exactly where to turn for a desperate, last-minute news conference.”
Angela Merkel: Punk fan
One of the tunes she chose was a 1970s punk song. Though predecessors tended to go for traditional music — and she followed the trend with her first two choices — it was her third selection that had a local journalist describe it as “the most surreal thing I’ve ever seen”.
The 1974 song ‘You Forgot the Colour Film’ by East German-born punk singer Nina Hagen, she later shared, was a nod to her youth. Though her expression remained neutral, her head subtly bobbed along to the tune.
Obama mic drop
But the moment from his farewell rounds that became burned into the zeitgeist came from his final address at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2016, months before.
The end to Barack Obama’s speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2016. Credit: Creative Commons
“It has been an honour and a privilege to work side by side to strengthen our democracy and with that, I just have two more words to say,” he said.
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