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Amid packing boxes and tears, staffers leaving White House

WASHINGTON — They line up near the Oval Office, down the hallway toward the Cabinet Room, trailed by their spouses and young kids in their finest clothes. When it’s their turn, the White House staffers enter for a few private moments with President Barack Obama, a photo and a farewell hug from the boss.

Analysis: Obama hopes Clinton can fix what he could not

PHILADELPHIA — Eight years ago, Barack Obama cast himself as the rare candidate who could transcend the polarizing “politics of the past” and bridge divides that had left Washington barely functioning for years. Ultimately, the gulf was too wide ‚Äî if anything, the political climate in the United States worsened.