President Obama has given his last White House press conference as an active President of the United States.
Christi Parsons, the journalist that has known pres. Obama since senate days in Illinois, was asked by Obama to ask the last question.
When picking Parsons to ask the last question Obama said:
“Christi Parsons. And Christi, you are going to get the last question. Christi is — I’ve been knowing her since Springfield, Illinois. When I was a state senator, she listened to what I had to say. So the least I can do is give her the last question as President of the United States. Go on.”
The question she chose was personal and something nobody has asked before:
“The First Lady put the stakes of the 2016 election in very personal terms in a speech that resonated across the country, and she really spoke the concerns of a lot of women, LGBT folks, people of color, many others. And so I wonder now how you and the First Lady are talking to your daughters about the meaning of this election and how you interpret it for yourself and for them.”
His response was:
“It was really interesting to see how Malia and Sasha reacted. They paid attention to what their mom said during the campaign and believed it, because it’s consistent with what we’ve tried to teach them in our household, what I’ve tried to model as a father with their mom, and what we’ve asked them to expect from future boyfriends or spouses.
But what we’ve also tried to teach them is resilience, and we’ve tried to teach them hope, and that the only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world. And so you get knocked down, you get up, you brush yourself off, and you get back to work. And that tended to be their attitude.”
The answer was very touching and something we should all take into consideration.