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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

President Obama Holds His Final Press Conference

President Barack Obama held his final press conference today in the White House. He thanked the White House Press Corps for its work over his two terms for asking tough questions. "You’re not supposed to be complimentary, you’re supposed to cast a critical eye on folks who hold enormous power and make sure that we are accountable to the people who sent us here, and you have done that," the president said.

"America needs you and our democracy needs you," President Obama continued. "We need you to establish a baseline of facts and evidence that we can use as a starting point for the kind of reasoned and informed debates that ultimately lead to progress. And so my hope is is that you will continue with the same tenacity that you showed us, to do the hard work of getting to the bottom of stories and getting them right and to push those of us in power to be the best version of ourselves and to push this country to be the best version of itself."

Here is the video of the press conference.

The New York Times released a full transcription of the press conference.

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