Meritocratic America could have a Hindu President in future: Obama

"I suspect we'll have a whole bunch of mixed up presidents at some point that nobody really knows what to call them. And that's fine," Obama said.

Meritocratic America could have a Hindu President in future: Obama

As long as the United States recognises merit and provides equal opportunity to all, it will have not just a woman president but could also see a Latino President, a Jewish President, and a Hindu president in the future, President Barack Obama said in his final press conference in the White House.

"I think we're going to see people of merit rise up from every race, faith, corner of this country. Because that's America's strength. If in fact we continue to keep opportunity open to everybody, then yeah, we're going to have a woman president. We're going to have a Latino president. And we'll have a Jewish president, a Hindu president," Obama said at a farewell pow-wow with the media.


"I suspect we'll have a whole bunch of mixed up presidents at some point that nobody really knows what to call them. And that's fine," he added.

"There are a whole bunch of folks who voted for the president-elect because they feel forgotten and disenfranchised. They feel as if they're being looked down on. They feel as if their kids aren't going to have the same opportunities as they did. You don't want to have an America in which a very small sliver of people are doing really well, and everybody else is fighting for scraps," he said.

Obama told the press corps "having you in this building has made this place work better. It keeps us honest, it makes us work harder." It was a dig at Trump, who wants to evict the media from the White House.

"That does not, of course, mean that I've enjoyed every story that you have filed, but that's the point of this relationship. You're not supposed to be fans, you're supposed to be skeptics, you're supposed to ask me tough questions. You're supposed to cast a critical eye and make sure that we are accountable to the people who sent us here, and you have done that," he said in remarks that contrasted sharply with the outlook of Trump.