I am resigning the presidency of the United States. Tricia and I believe that this is the best course of action, not only for us and our children, but for the country. It's sad day for us. I can't deny that. But I take solace in this: Frank Underwood will bring virtue, experience, and courage to the Oval Office. I have been blessed to have him as my vice president. But I'm even more blessed to call him my friend.
It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve this country as president. I thank my family, my staff, and all of those who have supported me. Despite the last few months, my faith in this country has never been stronger. God bless all of you. And god bless the United States of America.