In White House Farewell, Obama Says US ‘Is Going to Be OK’

President Barack Obama thanks the members of the press as he begins his final presidential news conference, Jan. 18, 2017, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Obama said having reporters in the White House made him better, and that a free press is essential to democracy.
President Barack Obama thanks the members of the press as he begins his final presidential news conference, Jan. 18, 2017, in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Obama said having reporters in the White House made him better, and that a free press is essential to democracy.

WHITE HOUSE — At his final news conference as president Wednesday, Barack Obama sought to reassure those Americans anxious about the change of administrations after eight years with him in charge: “I believe in this country. I believe in the American people. I believe that people are more good than bad.”

White House reporters questioned Obama about his controversial action to shorten the prison term of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, and other topics. The president fielded those easily, but took his time answering the final query, about how he discussed the results of the U.S. election with his two teenaged daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Obama said Malia and Sasha were disappointed by Republican Donald Trump’s defeat of his preferred candidate, Democrat Hillary Clinton, just as he and first lady Michelle were, but that he is proud of them because they are resilient, patriotic and not cynical.
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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.