Obama Says He Knew Americans Were Angry Before Election

Most Trump voters are better off now than eight years ago, he said.

"Of course I did," Obama said today in a news conference in Athens.

"People seem to think that I did a pretty good job, so there is this mismatch between frustration and anger, and perhaps the view of the American people was just needing to shake things up," he said. "Time will now tell whether the prescriptions that are being offered, whether Brexit or with respect to the U.S. election, ends up actually satisfying those people who have been fearful or angry or concerned. And I think that's going to be an interesting test."

Obama added that he doesn't "feel responsible for what the president-elect says or does."

He went on to make a strong case against nativist and identity-based politics. "We know what happens when Europeans start dividing themselves up," Obama said, pointing to the last century's two world wars.

He then turned to the United States' history of racial tension. "It's dangerous not just for the minority groups that are subjected to that kind of discrimination," he said. "My vision is right on that issue.

"And I will never apologize for saying that the future of humanity and the future of the world is going to be defined by what we have in common, as opposed to those things that separate us and ultimately lead us into conflict."