During his final press conference, President Obama discussed issues that would make him speak out against president-elect Trump. At the top of the list were voter disenfranchisement and deportation of illegal aliens.
Yahoo News posted the transcript of the press conference. Responding to a question about what issues would make him become politically active again, Obama responded:
But there’s a difference between that normal functioning of politics and certain issues or certain moments where I think our core values may be at stake. I put in that category if I saw systematic discrimination being ratified in some fashion. I put in that category explicit or functional obstacles to people being able to vote, to exercise their franchise.
OBAMA: I’d put in that category institutional efforts to silence dissent or the press. And for me at least, I would put in that category efforts to roundup kids who have grown up here and for all practical purposes are American kids, and send them someplace else, when they love this country. They are our kids’ friends and their classmates, and are now entering into community colleges or in some cases serving in our military, that the notion that we would just arbitrarily or because of politics punish those kids, when they didn’t do anything wrong themselves, I think would be something that would merit me speaking out.
It doesn’t mean that I would get on the ballot anyway.
It’s highly likely, especially since he is a community activist at heart, that Obama will not fade into the sunset. In addition, the Democrats don’t have a leader which increases the odds that Obama will step up to push their progressive agenda.