One down, fourteen to go -- assuming only Cabinet secretaries are accorded the privilege of decorating the outgoing caudillo.
Addressing a room of men and women from the various branches of the military, Obama praised their service and sacrifice. He said there is "no greater privilege and no greater honor" than serving as commander in chief.
"As I reflect on the challenges we have faced together and on those to come, I believe that one of the greatest tasks before our armed forces is to retain the high confidence that the American people rightly place in you," Obama said. "We must never hesitate to act when necessary to defend our nation, but we must also never rush into war because sending you into harm's way should be a last and not first resort."
Prior to his remarks, Defense Secretary Ash Carter presented Obama with the Medal of Distinguished Public Service as a token of appreciation for his service as commander in chief.
Letting a subordinate pin a medal on you is not only a bad look for an American president, it's literally a repudiation of the republican values on which our government is based.
And the worst part? You know damn well Trump will ratify the precedent when he leaves office.
The military uniform covered with gold braid may take a little longer.