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ທ່ານ ໂອບາມາ ກ່າວວ່າ ປະເທດເຮົາ ຄົງຈະບໍ່ມີບັນຫາ ໃນກອງປະຊຸມ ຖະແຫຼງຂາວ ທີ່ທຳນຽບຂາວ


ປ. ໂອບາມາ ຮ່ວມກັບທ່ານ Josh Earnest ໃນມື້ສຸດທ້າຍ ຂອງກອງປະຊຸມປະຈຳວັນ ໃນທຳນຽບຂາວ ວໍຊີງຕັນ, 17 ມັງກອນ, 2017.

ໃນ​ກອງ​ປະຊຸມ​ຖະ​ແຫຼ​ງຂ່າວເທື່ອ​ສຸດ​ທ້າຍ​ໃນ​ຖານະປະທານາທິບໍດີ​ສະຫະລັດໃນວັນ​ພຸດ​ວານ​ນີ້ ທ່ານ​ບາຣັກ ​ໂອ​ບາ​ມາ ຊອກ​ຫາ​ທາງ​ທີ່​ຈະ​ໃຫ້ການ​ຄ້ຳປະກັນ ແກ່​ຊາວ​ອາ​ເມຣິກັນ
ທີ່ກັງວົນ​ເປັນ​ຫ່ວງ​ກ່ຽວ​ກັບ​ເລື່ອງ​ການ​ປ່ຽນ​ແປງ​ຂອງ​ລັດຖະບານ ຫຼັງ​ຈາກ 8 ປີ ພາຍໃຕ້​ອຳນາດ​ການ​ປົກຄອງ​ຂອງ​ທ່ານ ​ໂດຍ​ກ່າວ​ວ່າ “ຂ້າພະ​ເຈົ້າ​ເຊື່ອ​ໃນປະ​ເທດ​ນີ້. ຂ້າພະ​ເຈົ້າ​ເຊື່ອ​ໃນຊາວ​ອາ​ເມຣິກັນ ​ແລະຂ້າພະ​ເຈົ້າກໍ​ເຊື່ອວ່າ ​ມີ​ຜູ້​ຄົນ​ທີ່​ດີຫຼາຍກວ່າ​ຄົນ​ຊົ່ວ.”

ບັນດາ​ນັກ​ຂ່າວ​ປະຈຳ​ທຳນຽບຂາວ ​ໄດ້​ຖາມ​ທ່ານ​ໂອ​ບາ​ມາ ກ່ຽວ​ກັບ​ການ​ເອົາ​ບາດກ້າວ​
ທີ່​ນອງ​ນັນຂອງ​ທ່ານ ກ່ຽວ​ກັບ​ການ​ຫລຸດໂທດ​ຕິດ​ຄຸກ ​ຂອງ​ອະ​ດີດ​ທະຫານ​ບົກ ນາງ Chelsea Manning ​ເຈົ້າ​ໜ້າ​ທີ່​ດ້ານ​ການ​ສືບ​ລັບ ​ແລະ​ກ່ຽວ​ກັບ​ເລື່ອງ​ອື່ນໆ​ອີກ​ຫຼາຍ​ຢ່າງ. ປະທານາທິບໍດີ ​ໄດ້​ຕອບ​ຄຳ​ຖາມ​ພວກ​ນັ້ນ​ຢ່າງ​ງ່າຍດາຍ ​ແຕ່​ວ່າ ​ໃຊ້​ເວ​ລາ​ຂ້ອນ​ຂ້າງ​
ດົນຈັກ​ໜ່ອຍ​ເພື່ອ​ຕຶກ​ຕອງ​ຫາຄຳ​ຕອບຕໍ່​ຄຳ​ຖາມສຸດ​ທ້າຍ ກ່ຽວ​ກັບ​ວ່າ ທ່ານ​ໄດ້​ໂອ້​ລົມ​
ຢ່າງ​ໃດ​ກັບລູກສາວ​ໄວ​ລຸ້ນທັງ​ສອງ​ຄົນ​ຂອງ​ທ່ານ ນາງ Sasha ແລະ Malia ກ່ຽວ​ກັບ​
ຜົນການ​ເລືອກ​ຕັ້ງ​ຂອງ​ສະຫະລັດ.

ທ່ານ​ໂອ​ບາ​ມາ ​ໄດ້​ກ່າວ​ວ່າ ນາງ Malia ແລະ Sasha ​ແມ່ນ​ເສຍ​ໃຈ​ຕໍ່​ການ​ທີ່​ທ່ານ
Donald Trump ສັງກັດ​ພັກ Republican ​ໄດ້​ຊະນະ​ຜູ້​ລົງ​ແຂ່ງຂັນ​ທີ່​ພວກ​ເຂົາ​ເຈົ້າ​
ນິຍົມ​ທີ່​ສຸດກໍ​ຄື​ທ່ານ​ນາງ Hillary Clinton ຈາກພັກ Democrat ພໍໆ​ກັນ​ກັບ​ສະຕີ
​ໝາຍ​ເລກ​ນຶ່ງ ທ່ານ​ນາງ Michelle ນັ້ນ​ລະ ​ແຕ່​ວ່າທ່ານ​ກໍ​ພູມ​ໃຈ​ພວກ​ເຂົາ​ເຈົ້າ
ເພາະວ່າ ພວກ​ເຂົາເຈົ້າສາມາດ​ປັບ​ຕົວ​ໄດ້​ຢ່າງ​ໄວ ຮັກ​ຊາດ​ແລະ ​ບໍ່ດູ​ຖູ​ກຢຽມຢາມ​
ຄົນ​ອື່ນ.

ປະທານາທິບໍດີ​ ຍອມຮັບ​ເຖິງ​ບຸກຄະ​ລິກສ່ວນ​ຕົວ​ຂອງ​ທ່ານ​ນັ້ນ​ວ່າ ​ສຸ​ຂຸມ ​ແລະ​ເບີກບານ
ຊຶ່ງ​ນັ້ນ​ບໍ່ແມ່ນ​ໃນທາງ​ທີ່ທ່ານຮູ້ສຶກ ເວລາ​ບໍ່​ໄດ້​ຢູ່​ຕໍ່ໜ້າ​ຜູ້​ຄົນ.

ເຊີນຊົມ: ທ່ານ ໂອບາມາ ປິດສະໜາທ່ານ Josh Earnest ໃນກອງປະຊຸມຖະແຫຼງຂ່າວ

ທ່ານ​ໂອ​ບາ​ມາ ​ໄດ້​ກ່າວ​ວ່າ “ຂ້າພະ​ເຈົ້າດ່າຢູ່​ຂ້າງ​ຫຼັງ ຫຼາຍກວ່າ​ຕອນ​ຢູ່​ຕໍ່ໜ້າ​ສາທາ ລະນະ ​ແລະ​ບາງ​ຄັ້ງ​ຂ້າພະ​ເຈົ້າ​ກໍ​ໃຈ​ຮ້າຍ​ແລະໂກດ​ແຄ້ນ ​ຄື​ກັນ​ກັບ​ທຸກໆຄົນ​ນັ້ນ​ລະ.​” ທ່ານ​ຍັງ​ກ່າວ​ຕື່ມ​ອີກ​ວ່າ “ແຕ່ເລິກໆ​ແລ້ວ ຂ້າພະ​ເຈົ້າ​ຄິດ​ວ່າ ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ຈະ​ໂອ​ເຄ ​
ໃນ​ຖານະ​ທີ່​ເປັນປະ​ເທດ. ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ແມ່ນ​ຈະ​ຕ້ອງ​ຕໍ່ສູ້ເພື່ອ​ສິ່ງ​ນັ້ນ ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ຕ້ອງ​ເຮັດ​ເພື່ອ​ສິ່ງນີ້ ​ແລະ​ບໍ່ແມ່ນ​ໄດ້​ມາ​ງ່າຍໆ ​ແລະ​ຂ້າພະ​ເຈົ້າ​ກໍ​ຮູ້​ດີ​ວ່າ ພວກ​ທ່ານ​ນັ້ນ​ລະ
ຈະ​ຊ່ອຍ​ພວກ​ເຮົາ​ກະທຳ​ການ​ເຊັ່ນ​ນັ້ນ.”

ທ່ານ​ໂອ​ບາ​ມາ ໄດ້​ກ່າວວ່າ ລູກ​ສາວ​ທັງ​ສອງຄົນ​ເຂົ້າ​ໃຈດີ​ວ່າ “ສິ່ງ​ດຽວ​ທີ່​ເປັນ​ການ​ສິ້ນ​ສຸດ​ຂອງ​ໂລກ ກໍ​ຄື​ການ​ສິ້ນ​ສຸດ​ຂອງ​ໂລກ.”

ນອກ​ນັ້ນ ທ່ານ​ໂອ​ບາ​ມາ ​ຍັງ​ກ່າວ​ ຂອບ​ໃຈ​ສະມາຊິກ​ເຈົ້າ​ໜ້າ​ທີ່​ຖະ​ແຫຼງຂ່າວ​ປະຈຳ​ທຳນຽບຂາວ​ ​ໂບກ​ມື​ອຳ​ລາແລະ​ລ້ຽວກັບ​ເຂົ້າໄປຍັງ​ຫ້ອງ​ປະຊຸມ​ຖະ​ແຫຼ​ງຂ່າວ ທີ່​ເຕັມ​ໄປ​ດ້ວຍພວກ​ນັກ​ຂ່າວ. ທ່າມກາງ​ຄວາມງຽບ​ ປະທານາທິບໍດີ​ ຈຶ່ງກ່າວ​ວ່າ ​ໃນ​ການ​ທີ່​ມີ​
ພວກ​ນັກ​ຂ່າວ​ປະຈຳ​ທຳນຽບຂາວ ​ໄດ້​ເຮັດ​ໃຫ້​ທ່ານ​ເປັນ​ປະທານາທິບໍດີ​ທີ່​ດີ​ຂຶ້ນ​ແລະ​ວ່າ​ສື່ສານ​ມວ​ນຊົນທີ່​ເສລີ ແມ່ນມີ​ຄວາມ​ຈຳ​ເປັນ​ຢ່າງ​ຍິ່ງ ​ຕໍ່​ລະບອບ​ປະຊາທິປະ​ໄຕ.


At his final news conference as president Wednesday, Barack Obama sought to reassure those Americans anxious about the change of administrations after eight years with him in charge: "I believe in this country. I believe in the American people. I believe that people are more good than bad."

White House reporters questioned Obama about his controversial action to shorten the prison term of former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, and other topics. The president fielded those easily, but took his time answering the final query, about how he discussed the results of the U.S. election with his two teenaged daughters, Sasha and Malia.

Obama said Malia and Sasha were disappointed by Republican Donald Trump's defeat of his preferred candidate, Democrat Hillary Clinton, just as he and first lady Michelle were, but that he is proud of them because they are resilient, patriotic and not cynical.

The president admitted his public persona - calm and cheerful - is not quite the way he feels when behind closed doors.

"I curse more than I do in public, and sometimes I get mad and frustrated, like everybody else does," he said. "But at my core, I think we're going to be okay [as a country]. We just have to fight for it, we have to work for it, and not take it for granted, and I know that you will help us do that."

He said his daughters understand that "the only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world."

With that, Obama thanked the members of White House press corps, waved, turned and left the Brady Briefing Room, packed to overflowing with reporters. Striking a quiet and at times wistful tone, the president said having reporters in the White House had made him a better president, and that a free press is essential to democracy.

To the journalists, he said: "You're not supposed to be sycophants. You're supposed to be skeptics. You're supposed to ask tough questions."

That appeared to be a followup to intense discussions among reporters about rumored plans by Trump aides to move the White House press corps out of their current quarters close to the president's Oval Office, to another location farther away, possibly in a different building.

The first question to Obama Wednesday was about his commutation of the 35-year prison sentence handed down to Chelsea Manning for leaking classified military documents.

Since Manning already has served a longer sentence than others convicted of similar crimes, and since she has accepted responsibility for her actions, Obama said: "In light of all the circumstances, commuting her sentence was entirely appropriate."

The transgender former Army private has already endured a "tough" time in prison, he noted, so shortening the prison term meant that "justice was served." Manning is now due to be released in May, by which time she will have been behind bars for seven years.

Obama said he saw no contradiction between granting clemency to Manning while he denounces Russia's computer hacking of the U.S. presidential campaign, including the alleged theft of emails that embarrassed Democratic Party officials. He also dismissed a promise by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks that its founder, Julian Assange, would agree to face charges in the U.S. in return for Manning's release: "I don't pay much attention to Mr. Assange's tweets, so that wasn't a consideration."

Obama said he has tried to persuade Russia to reduce nuclear stockpiles, but Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin has been reluctant to discuss that issue, so he hopes his successor will be able to make progress on nuclear disarmament.

Turning to the larger question of what role the United States plays in the world, the president said the sanctions that were brought against Russia after it annexed Ukraine's Crimea region were a "good example of the vital role" America plays. He also urged the incoming administration to continue to prevent big countries from "bullying" smaller countries.

Overall, Obama, said, the transition between his administration and the Trump team has been "cordial." He added that he has advised the president-elect to gather a team of well-qualified advisers around him, because "this is a job you can't do alone."

Obama noted that Trump won the presidential election by opposing many of the initiatives he pushed during the past eight years. The new president will move forward with his own vision and values, Obama said, and "I don't expect that there is going to be enormous overlap" between the two administrations' policies or directions.

Obama said he would only speak up to criticize Trump if he feels core American values are at stake, through restrictions on voting rights, a harsh anti-immigrant policy or attacks on journalists. He declined to comment about the expected boycott of Trump's inauguration on Friday by more than 50 Democratic lawmakers who have said they will not attend Friday's inauguration; the outgoing president and his wife will at the U.S. Capitol to swtch the new president's swearing-in ceremony.

In a message of diversity and inclusion, Obama said in the future he expects to see a woman president, a Latino president, a Jewish president, a Hindu president and many others in the United States.

"We'll have a whole bunch of mixed-up presidents at some point that nobody knows really knows what to call them," he said with a smile.

Obama reminded journalists there is still work to be done to repudiate "fake news," such as the claims last year - all thoroughly disproven - that the U.S. election results would be distorted by vote fraud. The president said there is an "ugly history" behind restrictive voting in the United States that traces back to slavery.

On another controversial topic, Obama said he decided to end the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy for Cuban immigrants because it no longer made sense, given the increasing engagement between the United States and Cuba. The administration ended the arrangement last week under which Cuban emigres would be allowed into the U.S. if they reached the mainland after fleeing their homeland (the "dry foot"), but not if they were picked up at sea before reaching the United States.

On the Middle East, the president said the "moment may be passing" for establishing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but that he feels the "status quo is unsustainable" for Israel.

Obama began the news conference Wednesday by offering prayers and well wishes to former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, who both were hospitalized hours earlier in Houston, Texas - "as fine a couple as we know."

At 55, Obama is younger than many U.S. presidents as they leave office. He has been somewhat vague about his post-presidency plans, although it likely includes writing a memoir and political attempts to help Democrats eventually regain political clout in Washington, where Republicans now control both houses of Congress. He said he is looking forward to spending time with his wife and daughters and being quiet, adding he has heard himself talk "too darn much."
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