Barack Obama waxes poetic about daughters in last press conference as president

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President Barack Obama waxed poetic about his daughters, Sasha and Malia, during his final news conference as president, revealing his teenage girls were "disappointed" by Donald Trump's election but don't "mope" about it.

"They don't mope, and what really makes me proudest about them is that they also don't get cynical about it," Obama said. "They have not assumed that because their side didn't win, or because some of the values that they care about don't seem like they were vindicated, that automatically America has somehow rejected them or rejected their values. I don't think they feel that way."

Obama's comments on his daughters' reaction to Trump's victory felt almost like a pep talk for his fellow Democrats, many of whom are boycotting Trump's election.

Obama said he's taught his daughters that "the only thing that's the end of the world is the end of the world," adding that they are resilient.


He also ended his final news conference with a message of hope.

"In my core, I think we're going to be OK," Obama said. "We just have to fight for it."

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Emily C. Singer, née Cahn, is a senior writer for Mic covering politics. She is based in New York and can be reached at esinger@mic.com

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