Shortly after the election in November, President Obama reminded the media and his successor that “there is one president at a time.”
Wednesday afternoon, that president will hold his last news conference at the White House, marking the end of a long farewell. Obama took his last foreign trip, to Greece, Germany and Peru, in late November. He delivered his last major speech Tuesday before a crowd of 20,000 cheering supporters in Chicago. On Thursday, Obama awarded his last Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to a surprised and touched Vice President Biden.
President-elect Donald Trump held his first news conference since the election Wednesday and batted away questions about uncorroborated allegations that Russian intelligence services had damaging information that could be used to blackmail him. Questions about Russian attempts to influence the American election and the sanctions the president imposed on Russia for its interference are likely to dominate Obama’s final appearance before the press.