Obama devoted final press-conference to Chelsea Manning

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WAYNE, MI - JANUARY 7: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant January 7, 2015 in Wayne, Michigan. Obama spoke about the American automotive and manufacturing sector during his visit to the Detroit area, the first stop of a scheduled three-day, three city tour inthe lead up to the State of the Union. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

President Obama has used his final White House press conference to respond to those who judged his decision to free the trans whistleblower. Obama said, of the trans Wikileaks whistleblower Manning and the prison sentence she has already undertaken: “I felt that in light of all the circumstances, that commuting her sentence was entirely appropriate. We just have to fight for it, work for it, and not take it for granted… I know that you will help us do that. I believe in this country. I believe in the American people. I believe that people are more good than bad. I believe tragic things happen. I think there’s evil in the world, but I think at the end of the day, if we work hard and if we’re true to those things in us that feel true and feel right, that the world gets a little better each time.”

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