What Our 44th President Hopes For His Daughters' — And This Country's — Future

"The only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world."

For his last question during a press conference as a serving president, Barack Obama was asked how he was talking to his daughters, Sasha and Malia, about this election and how he interpreted it for himself and for them.

As he usually does when given the chance, Obama spoke proudly about his daughters' positive attitudes and the way he sees the country. He made it clear that he believes in the United States and its ability to come together. He also said that he believes his children represent a powerful generation on the rise.

"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," Obama said. "Both of them have grown up in an environment where I think they could not help but to be patriotic, to love this country deeply, to see that it's flawed but to see that they have responsibilities to fix it."

He added that, even though neither have plans to get into politics, he expects them both to be active citizens fighting for positive change. "They don't mope," he said. 

"What makes me proudest about them is that they don't get cynical about it," he added. "They have not assumed because their side didn't win or because some of the values they care about don't seem as if they were vindicated that automatically America has somehow rejected them or rejected their values."

The president emphasized that we live in a big, complicated country but that people are more good than bad, and there is a core decency that his daughters will have a hand in spreading. That decency, he said, was something he senses is representative of the younger generation, too.

Before speaking about his daughters, Obama also offered some feel-good predictions about the future of the country.

"We're going to have a woman president, a Latino president," he said. "We'll have a Jewish president, a Hindu president. Who knows what we're going to have? I suspect we'll have a whole bunch of mixed-up presidents at some point that nobody really knows what to call them."


President Obama also said that progress that has been made in accepting LGBT people is "not reversible."

"American society has changed," he said. "The attitudes of young people have changed."

On Friday, president-elect Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. 

You can view Obama's full answer to the question about Malia and Sasha below:

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