Obama: ‘Confident in the Wisdom of the American People’ to Elect a Democrat as Successor

Tuesday in Paris at a press conference, President Barack Obama said he was “confident” the American people would elect a Democrat to succeed him.

Obama said, “You know, just with respect to my successor, let me first of all say that I’m anticipating a Democrat succeeding me. I’m confident in the wisdom of the American people on that front. But even if somebody from a different party succeeded me, one of the things that you find is when you’re in this job, you think about it differently than when you’re just running for the job. And what you realize is what I mentioned earlier, that American leadership involves not just playing to American constituency back home but you now are in fact at the center of what happens around the world. And that your credibility and America’s ability to influence events depends on taking seriously what other countries care about.”

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