Barack Obama addressed the press today for the last time his tenure as the 44th President the United States. He began by thanking the press for challenging him, keeping him honest, and providing an indispensable service to American democracy. He then called on reporters from a wide array outlets, some whom have been following him throughout his presidency.
With his answers, Obama clearly tried to convey the same type optimism that won him the White House in 2009, even though that sense hope may not be shared my the majority his supporters. "I believe in this country. I believe in the American people," he said toward the end the conference. "I believe that people are more good than bad."
His hopeful words are not just a case "no drama Obama," said the president with two days left in the Oval Office. "I think we're going to be OK," he told the Press Corps. "We just have to fight for it, we have to work for it and not take it for granted and I know that you will help us do that."
Elsewhere, he spoke on the need to maintain a progressive stance toward issues like voting rights, LGBT rights, and the deportation undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. As for his plans for the long-awaited vacation to Palm Springs he will embark on upon leaving fice, he said, "I want to do some writing. I want to be quiet a little bit and not hear myself talk so darn much. I want to spend precious time with my girls."
Watch the press conference below, and read a full transcript the event here.