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"They were disappointed." Obama shares how his daughters coped with Trump's election.

On his last full day as President of the United States, Barack Obama proved once more what a proud father he is.

At the end of his final official press conference in The White House on Thursday, the outgoing leader was asked how his daughters Malia, 18, and Sasha, 15, felt about the election result.

His response was perfect.

“Every parent brags on their daughters or their sons … but man, my daughters are something,” he told the room of journalists.

“They just surprise and enchant and impress me more and more every single day as they grow up.”

Obama, 55, said he had been inspired by his children’s gracious response to the election of Donald Trump, despite their hopes for America to have its first female leader in Hillary Clinton.

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“They were disappointed. They paid attention to what their mum said during the campaign and believed it because it’s consistent with what we’ve tried to teach them in our household,” he said.

“But what we’ve also tried to teach them is resilience and we’ve tried to teach them hope and that the only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world. And so you get knocked down, you get up, you brush yourself off and you get back to work. That tended to be their attitude.”

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While some have speculated the girls may follow their father into politics, Obama dismissed the idea.

“In that, too, I think their mother’s influence shows,” he said.

Regardless, he said they would continue to fight for their values, even in the face political setbacks.

“What makes me proudest about them is that they also don’t get cynical about it,” he said.

“They have not assumed, because their side didn’t win, or because some of the values that they care about don’t seem as if they were vindicated, that automatically America has somehow rejected them or rejected their values.

“I think they have, in part through osmosis, in part through dinnertime conversations, appreciated the fact that this is a big, complicated country, and democracy is messy.”

For his final point, Obama expressed his faith both in his children, and their fellow young Americans:

“It doesn’t always work exactly the way you might want. It doesn’t guarantee certain outcomes. But if you’re engaged and you’re involved, then there are a lot more good people than bad in this country. There’s a core decency to this country. And that they’ve got to be a part of lifting that up, and I expect they will be. In that sense, they are representative of this generation that makes me really optimistic.”

Listen Obama’s full reply in the video below…

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