WASHINGTON, USA: Barack Obama has promised to speak if Donald Trump threatens the core values of the US and reassured Americans “we will be fine” on Wednesday in a political swansong after eight years as president.
At his final press conference and public appearance before Trump’s inauguration on Friday, the 55-year-old said he was retreating but would return to the political gap in extremist.
“I want to be writing, I want to be quiet a bit and not hear myself speak so badly. I want to spend precious time with my daughters, “he said.
But, he said, any effort to enforce systematic discrimination, erode voting rights, muzzle the press or bring young immigrants together would make him express himself.
“There is a difference between the normal operation of the policy and certain issues or times when I think our core values may be at stake.
During the campaign, Trump promised to ban Muslims from entering the United States and expel millions of illegal immigrants, many of them Latino-Americans who had long settled in the country.
His strident tone since the election victory and the contrast with the eight years of Obama’s Liberal agenda has given the country something analogous to the political whiplash.
Can not do it alone
Trump supporters are euphoric as political affairs as usual can be completed, while its detractors fear a mercurial and untested leader.
In this context, the traditionally mild ritual of a final presidential press conference received increased political weight.
Obama was in turn resolute and reassuring. “I offered my best advice,” he said, describing his conversations with the president-elect.
“I can tell you that’s something I told him it’s a job of such magnitude that you can not do it on your own. You rely heavily on a team.
He also warned Trump to consider foreign policy decisions that could be popular at the national level, such as his vow to transfer the US embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.
“We have seen in the past that some unilateral movements that relate to some of the central issues and sensitivities of either party can be explosive.
Asked about Trump’s stated intention to seek a thaw with the Kremlin, Obama stopped criticizing his successor – but noted that his own openings to Russia were frustrated by a “spirit of contradiction” when Vladimir Putin resumed Presidency.
He also defended his decision – struck by Trump Republicans – to commute the sentence of private transsexual army Chelsea Manning, imprisoned for 35 years for handing over classified documents to the US WikiLeaks.
“Let’s be clear: Chelsea Manning has been serving a long prison sentence,” Obama said. “I know I feel very comfortable that justice has been served and that a message has always been sent.”
Will go well
Asked about how his daughters Sasha and Malia were electing Trump, he said that he and First Lady Michelle Obama had “tried to teach them hope and that the only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world”.
“It’s not just a matter of” non-drama-Obama, “he joked about his reputation for a cerebral approach, even detached. “That’s what I really believe.”
“It is true that behind closed doors I cursed more than I publicly, and sometimes I get mad and frustrated like everyone else, but in my heart I think we will agree.
Given the rocky transition to the presidency of Trump – who saw the 44th and 45th presidential trade in beards – even the location of Obama’s press conference at the White House briefing room, has taken on a significance policy.
The Trump team launched the idea of expelling the press corps from the West Wing White House, ending daily briefings to the camera and hand that gets access, although some of These suggestions have since been towed.
Obama suggested changes that could happen as he paid tribute to the journalists who were covering his two terms.
“You’re not supposed to be sycophants, you’re supposed to be skeptical,” he said. “And having you in this building has made this workplace better. It keeps us honest, makes us work harder.”
It has not always been so effusive. While defending the press, he was a burning critic of superficial and vacillating relations.
When he appeared on the national political scene a decade ago, Obama’s oratory pulsed with vitality and hope.
Today, the gray-haired chief appeared like a man who placed a heavy burden and accepted his place in history.
It comes out with approval ratings that are 60 percent – according to a CNN / CRO survey – the highest level since June 2009.
On Tuesday, Trump rejected polls as “rigged” after a poll Washington Post-ABC News found its 40 percent approval rate was the lowest of any incoming president elected since Jimmy Carter in 1977.