US President Barack Obama bid farewell to the world stage Sunday, pondering his legacy, offering advice to his successor and discussing his post-presidential life at the end of his final foreign tour.
His historic presidency and charisma have made Obama a rock star on the international scene, even at times when the daily grind of politics dimmed the glow around his election as the United States’ first black president in 2008. Obama spoke to both the American people and the world as he gave his final foreign press conference in Lima, Peru.
But ultimately, those two audiences are inseparably linked, he insisted. It was a key message as he prepares to hand over to President-elect Donald Trump — who has spooked some in the international community with his volatile style and isolationist rhetoric. Several of Obama’s fellow world leaders said an emotional goodbye as they wrapped up a summit.
“It’s a great moment, but a sad moment, to have our last meeting,” said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
“I am going to miss having Barack around,” said Canada’s Justin Trudeau, in comments that were tinged with a sense of uncertainty about things to come.
It was a clumsy outing for Obama, who battled against Trump as an unfit successor yet now needs to console US partners later on. He requested that the world regard the brash extremely rich person as he himself pledged to do: "Keep a watch out." in the meantime, he tried to pre-empt his successor on some key issues.
He reported his mark exchange assention in the Asia-Pacific, the TPP, was still alive in spite of Trump's promises to execute it, and said he needed to achieve an arrangement on the Ukraine emergency before leaving office. He said Trump's administration would likely be far not the same as his application.
"Once you're in the Oval Office, once you start interfacing with world pioneers, once you see the complexities of the issues, that has a method for forming your reasoning," Obama said.
The merciless war in Syria has been the most troublesome remote strategy test of Obama's eight years in the White House. He safeguarded is choice not to attack the nation, but rather cautioned not a single end to the slaughter was to be found.
"I am not hopeful about the fleeting prospects in Syria," he said, pointing the finger at Russian and Iranian support for the Bashar al-Assad administration.
"Assad has been encouraged. This is man who has chosen that decimating his nation, transforming it into rubble and seeing its populace scattered or executed was justified, despite all the trouble for him to stick to power," he said.
"At this stage, will need an adjustment in how all gatherings consider this."
Obama voiced lament that, in spite of high endorsement appraisals, he was obstructed on issues like firearm control, a lowest pay permitted by law increment and foundation spending. However, he guarded the estimations of his administration.
"The touchstone is what's useful for the American individuals," he said.
"By the day's end and toward the end of eight years, I can think back and say that I reliably did what I believed was ideal. Doesn't mean you don't commit errors. Be that as it may, it means you're by and large consistent with your pledge and the duties you made to the general population who chose you."
Obama was clear about his first need for post-presidential life: "Take (First Lady) Michelle in the midst of some recreation." The president said he needs to "get some rest, invest energy with my young ladies and do some written work, do some reasoning."
He doesn't plan to instantly swim once more into governmental issues.
"I need to be deferential of the workplace and give the president-elect a chance to advance his stage," he said. Yet, Obama didn't preclude it inside and out.
"As an American native who thinks profoundly about our nation, if specifics have less to do with some proposition or fight however goes to center inquiries regarding our qualities and our beliefs, and in the event that I surmise that it's vital or supportive for me to shield those standards then I'll analyze it when it comes," he said.