Obama is likely to weigh in on his controversial decision to slash the sentence of transgender army private Chelsea Manning, who was jailed for 35 years for handing classified USA documents to WikiLeaks.
"President Obama has given reporters plenty of access", said Kumar."In terms of one on one interviews, he has done more that (George W.) Bush and (Bill) Clinton combined".
"It goes without saying that essential to that is a free press", Obama said during his final news conference. With an obvious dig at President-elect Donald Trump and his fractious relationship with the media, Obama asserted that the press needed to "push those in power to be their best selves".
When asked if he supports those boycotting Trump's inauguration, Obama replied, "With respect to the inauguration, I'm not going to comment on those issues".
"Of the folks that I've had the great joy and pleasure of working with over the last 10 years on this incredible journey, you know, this guy ranks as high as just about anybody I've worked with", Obama said. "But, I don't think any of that would have happened without the activism, in some cases loud and noisy, but in some cases just quiet and very personal".
"I felt that in light of all the circumstances, that commuting her sentence was entirely appropriate", Obama said from the briefing room.More news: Four game boost for 'Fire Emblem' franchise
"There's a difference between that normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake".
"I put in that category explicit or functional obstacles to people being able to vote, to exercise their franchise", Obama said. "And I've only got four days left". He also said he expected that the nation would not only see another African American president, but also a woman president, a Jewish president, a Hindu president, a Latino president.
"I believe in this country". "We've managed to fulfill a large number of them". He said they understand that the United States is flawed but that they have a responsibility in being active citizens and fixing it.
It will be the 165th time Obama faces the White House press corps in this kind of forum, according to the American Presidency Project. "The actions that we take have enormous consequences and ramifications".
It was telling that he offered that sentiment in response to a question about First Lady Michelle Obama's speeches during the presidential campaign, in which she portrayed the effects of a Trump victory as catastrophic for women, people of color, and others.