President Obama Faces White House Press Corps One Last Time

"Hope" may have seemed a facile or even juvenile basis for a presidential campaign in 2008, but it was a honest one, as Obama demonstrated one final time Wednesday afternoon in the final press conference of his presidency.

Obama was in turn resolute and reassuring.

The 44th American President was born in Hawaii, but grew up in Chicago, where he would meet his wife Michelle. You are enormously reliant on a team.

Trump's spokesman Spicer joined fellow Republicans in condemning that move Wednesday, describing it as "disappointing".

"It's a volatile environment".

Obama then pivoted to talking about nuclear issues. Journalists having claimed Obama had been among the least transparent presidents.

Obama is likely to weigh in on his controversial decision to slash the sentence of transgender army private Chelsea Manning, who was jailed for 35 years for handing classified U.S. documents to WikiLeaks.

After Obama's statement, he took a last round of questions on a variety of topics including the granting of clemency to Chelsea Manning, Russia's aggression and the efforts of Trump and Republican politicians to repeal Obamacare. "I feel very comfortable that justice has been served". "None of my predecessors ever got a chance to say: Welcome to the White House, World Series champion Chicago Cubs". "I believe tragic things happen".

'The notion that we would just arbitrarily, or because of politics, punish those kids, when they didn't do anything wrong themselves, I think would be something that would merit me speaking out.

President Barack Obama is scheduled to hold his final press conference at 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, two days before Donald Trump assumes the presidency. His choice of venue is telling - Trump's team has floated the possibility of scrapping the White House briefing room for a larger venue.

Obama hinted at the changes that may be afoot as he paid tribute to the reporters who covered his two terms in office.

"We'll have to see how that works", Obama told "60 Minutes" Steve Kroft. "You're not going to be able to make good decisions without building some relationship of trust between yourself and that community".

"The reason that we are the only country among advanced democracies that makes it harder to vote, it traces directly back to Jim Crow and the legacy of slavery", he said.

He has not always been so effusive. The Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs, is itself a political melting pot, with Todd Ricketts, Trump's choice for deputy commerce secretary, flanking Obama on one side, and sister Laura Ricketts, a major fundraiser for Hillary Clinton this election cycle, on the other side.

Today, the gray haired leader appeared like a man who was setting down a heavy burden and accepting of his place in history.

Unlike Bush, Obama is leaving office with near-record approval ratings.

His remarks stood in direct contrast to the incoming president, who has lambasted news organizations reporting on his transition as reporting "fake news".

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