VOCAL: President Obama
PRESIDENT BARACK Obama answered questions and aimed to reassure Americans that there would be a smooth transition between his administration and President-elect Donald Trump.
In his first press conference since the election, Obama spoke on a wide variety of topics, ranging from foreign and domestic issues to the global economy and death of news anchor Gwen Ifill.
Answering the first question in the highly anticipated conference, Obama said that he will assure foreign leaders in continuity of US foreign policy, and provided some criticism of how the Democratic Party handled the election and urging them to learn from this experience. “Given the population distribution throughout the country, we have to compete everywhere, we have to show up everywhere,” he said.
While Obama was presented with many opportunites to criticise Trump, he chose to maintain a civil tone when speaking of the President-elect and last week’s election, suggesting that Trump may be changeable.
“He is coming to this office with fewer set, hard-and-fast policy prescriptions than a lot of other presidents might be arriving with,” Obama said. “I don’t think he is ideological. I think, ultimately, he is pragmatic.”
Rounding out the press conference, Obama shared a quote he often tells his team the White House and felt would provide some comfort to the American public. ““Better is good. Perfect is unattainable, better is possible,” Obama said. “My hope is that he makes things better. And if he does, we’ll all benefit from it.”