"We're going to be ok": Barack Obama holds his final press conference as President

As well as saharing a message of hope, he also shared his post-Presidential plans with the media

"We're going to be ok": Barack Obama holds his final press conference as President

President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his final presidential news conference. | Image: Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP/Press Association Images

Barack Obama has ended his last news conference as President with an optimistic message: "I think we're going to be okay".

"This is not just a matter of no-drama Obama," he said.

"It is true that behind closed doors I curse more than I do publicly.

"And sometimes I get mad and frustrated like everybody else does. But at my core, I think we're going to be okay."

Mr Obama was speaking just days before the inauguration of his successor Donald Trump and, despite the stark differences between him and the brash billionaire, he voiced a belief that the world could get better.

He said: "I believe in this country and I believe in the American people.

"I believe that people are more good than bad.

"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 alright, that the world gets a little better each time."

Life after the White House 

He also shared a few thoughts on his future plans, saying: "It's important for me to take some time to process this amazing experience that we've gone through, to make sure that my wife with whom I will be celebrating a 25th anniversary this year, is willing to re-up and put up with me for a little bit longer.

"I want to do some writing.

"I want to be quiet a little bit and not hear myself talk so darn much.

"I want to spend precious time with my girls."

Mr Obama cast his daughters as the source of his hope and as America's future, saying that, although they were disappointed by Mr Trump's victory over Democratic Party rival Hillary Clinton, they did not "mope".

He said: "We've tried to teach them hope."The only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world.

"You get knocked down, you get up, you brush yourself off and you get back to work. That tended to be their attitude."

But he did say that his daughters Malia, 18, and Sasha, 15, who "surprise and enchant and impress me more and more every single day as they grow up", had decided against following their father into politics.

"I think their mother's influence shows," he said on the subject.


Obama also revealed he advised Donald Trump not to make decisions on his own.

In a wide-ranging question-and-answer session, the outgoing commander-in-chief discussed his thoughts and feelings on his successes and failures and what expects in the future.

Without stating the detail of what he told the incoming President, he said in some "fairly lengthy" conversations he recommended he should seek the help of his advisers.

He said: "A lot of his views are going to be shaped by his advisers are the people around him, which is why it is important to listen to the confirmation hearings.

"This is something I have told him, this is the job of such magnitude that you can't do it by yourself.

"You are enormously reliant on the team, your Cabinet, your senior White House staff come all the way to failure each junior folks in their 20s and 30s those who are executing on responsibilities.

"How do make sure they are getting you the right information? That is probably the most useful advice and the most constructive advice I have been able to give him."