Well folks, that’s it.
President Obama has given his final press conference just two days before President Elect Donald Trump’s Inauguration (I honestly never thought I would write that sentence).
In true Obama fashion the press conference was marked by his two cornerstones: laughter and hope.
Reaching out to the Press Cor, Obama asked for a continuance of excellent journalism. We are going from a President who appreciates the need for the news to a President who has a habit of calling the news fake. Welcome to 2017 people.
When the press conference got down to the Q&A portion The President covered everything from Chelsea Manning (he believes justice has been served), to Russia (please be nicer to Ukraine), and then onto his relationship with President- Elect Donald Trump…He called their conversations “cordial.”
I thought the term “Cordial” was reserved for conversations with ex-boyfriends.
He says he doesn’t expect there to be enormous overlap. Which you know makes sense since the two have agreed on basically nothing in the past.
Obama then confirmed he would not be running for any sort of office anytime soon. He wants some R&R with Michelle and the girls. Which he so deserves.
And then as if we needed a reminder about how cool and hip Obama is he gave Ellen a shout-out. He credited her with changing attitudes around LGBT issues. Snaps for you Ellen.
He finished the conference as every dad would; by bragging about his kids. His message to them was simple and sweet and it should serve as a reminder to us all in the days to come:
“Both of them have grown up in an environment where I think they could not help, but be patriotic to love this country deeply, to see that it’s flawed, but see that they have responsibilities to fix it. And that they need to be active citizens. And they have to be in a position to talk to their friends and their teachers and their future co-workers in ways that try to shed some light as opposed to just generate a lot of sound and fury. And I expect that’s what they’re going to do. They do not — they don’t mope.”
Let us all embody the spirits of Sasha and Malia. We will be active citizens and continue the conversation (even as Canadians) and above all we will not mope. We will rise.