Obama's White House empties out - photos and all

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(CNN)It isn't just that all the staffers in the Obama administration moved out of the White House overnight. Offices were cleared, desk were emptied. And yes, even photos came off walls.

Photos of President Barack Obama and his family, that for years have lined the walls of corridors in the West Wing of the White House in Washington, are now blank and empty, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. Only a skeleton staff remained at the White House on Thursday, creating an eerily quiet feeling in the normally bustling West Wing. Many desks and offices were already empty, having been vacated by staffers who have departed over the past few weeks. Those staffers still left were packing up their desks, handing in their phones and saying teary farewells to their colleagues. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Photos of President Barack Obama and his family that had lined the walls of the West Wing corridors were taken down.
The flags that flew on the last full day of Obama's term were neatly folded.
    It made for a surreal scene. The residence and office of the most powerful man in the world, always a hive of activity -- gone silent.

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    Pic of hallway in West Wing with Obama pictures taken down.

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