President Barack Obama said Monday that he will not leave his legacy as the nation’s first black president.
“No way I am leaving my presidency with the legacy of the greatest presidency of our generation,” Obama told supporters at a campaign rally in Detroit.
“That is my legacy.”
Obama, who is 78, said his campaign has “the momentum” to win the White House in November.
He made the remarks in a victory speech Monday evening.
He has faced persistent criticism for his handling of the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and for failing to address the systemic racism in the U.S. justice system.
The president said Monday he has learned from his mistakes and that he is not alone in his disappointment with the country’s response to the Ferguson protests.
“I think I’ve learned from it,” Obama said.
“And that’s one of the reasons why we have this energy in the United State right now.
And the same is true of police departments across this country. “
It’s because of all of the good people in this country who have stepped up and helped make sure that this country doesn’t just stay the same.
Obama said he wants to be remembered as “a president who started from a place of hope, a president who fought for justice and equality.” “
You know, in the aftermath of the Michael Brown case, the Black Lives Matter movement, people saying, this is our moment, this should be our time, we need to have a conversation about race, we’ve got to start making real change.”
Obama said he wants to be remembered as “a president who started from a place of hope, a president who fought for justice and equality.”
Obama won re-election in November, but the country has been left reeling after protests over the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, in New York City, as well as over police violence against black Americans.