President Barack Obama addressed reporters on Wednesday in his last press conference as the President of United States. He was hopeful about the country’s future as it got ready to welcome its next President. The outgoing President said that he believed in America and added that “we’re going to be ok.”He was optimistic about days ahead and spoke about the progresses made during his tenure. He commented on topics such as Chelsea Manning’s release, US-Russia ties and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the conference.
One of the reporters asked him about his daughters’ reactions to Trump’s win in the 2016 US elections. The President replied that though disappointed, they understood that “democracy was messy.” He added that good Americans outnumbered the bad and core decency still existed in the country.
According to a report in USA today, Obama, in his final message as the president, said that tragic things happened and there was evil in this world. However hard work and being true to things in us that feel true helps making the world a better place. “That’s what this presidency has tried to be about,” he added. An article in NBC states that the outgoing President began his address by praising former president George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara. Former President Bush and his wife are in the hospital on account of ill health. He continued with a quick recap of his eight years in office and spoke about the country’s progress in racial and social issues.
President Obama on Chelsea Manning, Russia and Israeli-Palestinian conflict
While promising to not be the only black President, Obama said that US in future may see a woman president, a Latino, Jewish or even a Hindu President. He also took time to applaud the Supreme court’s decisions on gays in military as well as same sex marriages. He answered reporters’ questions on releasing Chelsea Manning. An article in CNN states that the president defended his decisions by saying that Manning had already served a “tough prison sentence.” He added that for him, the case was no different from the other cases, where he had commuted prisoners’ sentences. “I felt that in light of all the circumstances, that commuting her sentence was entirely appropriate,” he added.
He also spoke about frosty US-Russia relations during his tenure. He blamed it on Putin’s “adversarial spirit” while hoping that Trump maintained friendlier relations with Russia in a way that would be “in America’s interest and the world’s interest. While talking about Israeli-Palestinian relations, Obama recognized that the Trump administration was hoping for a change in direction. “That’s their prerogative. That’s what happens after elections,” he spoke about Trump’s take on the issue. “We’ll see how their approach plays out.” He concluded the presser by saying that he did curse much more behind closed doors and often got mad and frustrated, like everybody else does. “But at my core, I think we’re going to be O.K.,” he signed off.
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