Outgoing US President Barack Obama has warned about the dangers that lie with the powers of the high office, as he prepares to pass the baton to his successor Donald Trump.
“You have to be careful because anything you say can move markets or start wars,” he said in a wide-ranging interview with NBC on Friday.
Obama discussed the various ebbs and flows of his presidency, naming the 2014 mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as his lowest point in office.
“My worst day as president was hearing that 20 six-year-olds had been shot in the most brutal way,” he said.
Obama also talked about the challenges of boosting his popularity with the American people and lifting up the party in a divided Washington.
“I had trouble transferring my personal popularity or support to the broader cause of the Democratic Party,” he said. “And I think that’s a legitimate criticism.”
As the first African-American president, Obama touched…