BOOM: The Pathetic Way Leftists React to EVERYTHING Trump Does

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Robert Gehl reports at his final press conference of the year (perhaps his entire term), Barack Obama said he was certain that the November election was free and fair.

“I can assure the public that there was not the kind of tampering with the voting process that was a concern and will continue to be a concern going forward,” Obama said Friday before boarding a plane for Hawaii. “The votes that were cast were counted – they were counted appropriately.

“We have not seen evidence that machines were tampered with. That assurance I can provide.”

Obama said he will release the results of an investigation he ordered into Russian involvement in the election, including the hacking of the servers of the Democratic National Committee.


“When the report comes out before I leave office – that will have drawn together all the threads,” he said. “The intelligence I’ve seen gives me great confidence that the Russians carried out this hack.

He did say, however, that the media didn’t treat Hillary Clinton “fairly” during the course of the campaign.

Obama said it’s important that if given a choice between believing America’s intelligence communities or Russia that partisan politics doesn’t cloud someone’s decision.

“Unless the American people believe the entire intelligence infrastructure are less trustworthy than the Russians,” than people should pay attention to what our intelligence agencies say,” he said.

Obama said the Russians are not strong enough affect any dramatic change in the U.S.


“They’re a smaller country, they’re a weaker country,” he said. “They don’t innovate. But they can impact us if we lose track of who we are. Mr. Putin can weaken us – just like he’s trying to weaken Europe” if we buy into notions that you can intimidate the press or fall into nativist racism. “Our vulnerability to any foreign power is directly related to how divided our political process is,” he said.

He lamented that “some Republicans” think the Russians are “OK” because “that’s how much we dislike Democrats.”

He wouldn’t specifically say that Vladimir Putin was personally behind the hacking, but said that the “highest levels of the Russian government” were responsible for the attacks and that “not much happens” in Russia without Putin’s consent.

Asked about the Electoral College vote on Monday, Obama pooh-poohed suggestions that the electors might usurp the will of their states’ voters and elect someone other than Donald Trump.



“I’m not going to wade into that issue,” he said. “It’s the American people’s job – and the elector’s job – to decide my successor. It’s not my job to decide my successor.”

He said that despite “structures” in the electoral college that might have some “disadvantages” to Democrats, he wasn’t going to advocate a constitutional change to eliminate it.

After the conference, Obama and his family boarded Air Force One for a multi-million dollar Christmas vacation in Hawaii – the last of his term.