Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

I have a feeling that this beautiful ESSENCE Magazine cover is just the first of many tributes to come that will feature President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as they prepare for the new administration.

Inside the collector’s edition, the first family talk about their life in the White House, the state of the nation and the legacy they hope to leave behind.

“…I can unequivocally say that America is better off now than we were when we came into office. By almost every economic measure, we’re better off,” President Obama said. “But having said that, we still have a lot of work to do.”

Check out the full cover below and pick up your copy on Friday, September 9th!