Barack Obama's final press conference tackles discrimination

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US President Barack Obama speaks during his last press conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 18, 2017. Reuters/Joshua Roberts

President Barack Obama has delivered his final press conference tackling the issue about systematic discrimination. He revealed that he was worried about inequality and disenfranchisement although he was leaving behind a more tolerant America. He added that he was hoping that his presidency has addressed the race issues. 

Obama said that he had warned the next president that presidency is a job of such magnitude. He added that seeking support from those around the next president was the best constructive advice he could give. 

“If you find yourself isolated because the process breaks down, or if you’re only hearing from people who agree with you on everything, or if you haven’t crafted a procession that is fact-checking and probing and asking hard questions about policies that you’ve made, that’s when you start making mistakes,” the outgoing president said in the press conference.

The president hoped that Donald Trump would restart the talk he began with Vladimir Putin in a serious way about the nuclear stockpiles. He also said that Trump should stand up in continuing the preservation of basic values so that China, Russia and other countries would do the same thing. Trump has not yet released comments about the issues raised in the press conference.

Obama defended himself during the press conference on the clemency he granted to Chelsea Manning. He said that he had looked at the particulars of the case and felt that commuting the sentence was appropriate.

He expressed his positive thoughts about his country saying that he believes in the American people. "I believe tragic things happen. I think there's evil in the world, but I think at the end of the day, if we work hard and if we're true to those things in us that feel true and feel right, that the world gets a little better each time," Obama said.

The final conference held by the 44th US president is one of the traditions that was exercised by former presidents. Obama is leaving the office with a 60 percent approval rate stating that he was doing his job as president based on the poll released by CNN/ORC.