David Cameron bowed out today and with a rueful admission: "I was the future once".
With his successor Theresa May sat beside him, Cameron told MPs: "I will watch these exchanges from the backbenches, I will miss the roar of the crowd, I will miss the barbs from the opposition, but I will be willing you on".
But Conservative MPs would not be deterred from giving their Prime Minister a proper send off - or from enjoying a moment of respite from the chaos and infighting of recent weeks.
"He isn't returning to us as I feel we never lost him, he has been incredibly diligent at attending constituency engagements and surgeries and continuing to play a full and active role in West Oxfordshire life throughout his time as Prime Minister. Nothing is really impossible if you put your mind to it: after all, as I once said: I was the future once".
It happened as he walked away from cameras in Downing Street, after announcing he would step down as Prime Minister on Wednesday.
Voters ignored Cameron's warnings that going it alone would be a "leap in the dark" that would bring on a self-inflicted recession and Cameron himself underestimated public anger at the establishment, exacerbated by his government's spending cuts.
David Cameron's last PMQs was as entertaining as you'd expect.
He said: "I do (love Larry) and I have photographic evidence to prove it".
"It will be unusual seeing him on the backbenches as I don't really remember what it was like before he was leader".
Even Mr Cameron's critics were moved to pay tribute yesterday, with Labour's 2015 candidate for Sutton and Devonport, Luke Pollard tweeting that he has done a "tough job".
He recounted how, when he was the opposition leader, he met mayor Michael Bloomberg in NY.
"Eden was defined by Suez because he wasn't prime minister for very long".
In parliament on his last day, Cameron tried to address the public disconnect with the political class by praising MPs for their diligence as public servants.