President Barack Obama delivered his final press conference of 2016 at the White House on Friday, December 16
President Barack Obama faced questions about the war in Syria, the investigation to determine if Russia hacked the DNC, and Hillary Clinton’s emails during his final press conference of 2016
In his last press conference of the year 2016 and possibly of his administration, Obama reached peak dad mode. The president spoke about how Putin led the Russia hacking scandal, leppo’s crisis, Hillary Clinton’s election loss, the media’s role in her defeat, and Donald Trump’s impending presidency.
The president took to the stage at approximately 2:35 p.m., and kicked off his press conference by addressing the press with a friendly, “I’ve got a list of who’s naughty and nice.”
The president also spoke about the media’s “obsession” with the WikiLeaks incident in the weeks leading up to election day, and noted that the problem of cyber security is a “constant challenge” that the government will continue to face. “We are a digitized culture and there is hacking going on every single day,” he said.
“Russians were responsible for hacking the DNC,” Obama stated early on during the press conference, adding that America’s priority needs to be “preventing that kind of interference in the future. That should be a bipartisan issue. My hope is that the President-elect will be similarly concerned with foreign influence in our election process.”
Obama warned. “If fake news that’s being released by a foreign government is almost identical to reports that are being issued to partisan news venues and everything’s under suspicion and everybody’s corrupt ad everybody is going things for partisan reasons, … if that’s the storyline that’s being put out there by whatever party’s out of power, then when a foreign government introduces that same argument, voters who have been listening to that stuff or years, who have been getting that stuff every day from talk radio or other venues, they are going to believe it.”
“It’s not in my hands now, it’s up to them,” he said when asked whether he believes the electoral college should be revised. “The electoral college, it’s a vestige, it’s a carry-over from an earlier vision” of how our nation works.