- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

As he looks back at his presidency in his final year, President Obama said Wednesday he has nothing to be “ashamed” of.

“I feel pretty good about the fact that I can look back and say that I operated with honesty and integrity and don’t feel as if I said things I didn’t believe, or acted in ways that would make me ashamed,” Mr. Obama told reporters in Argentina. “That, I think, counts for something.”

At a joint press conference with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, Mr. Obama was asked by a Buenos Aires resident on Facebook if he had achieved his “dreams” in office. Mr. Obama referred to the written list of goals he keeps in his desk.

“I won’t say that I’ve gotten 100 percent done, but we’ve gotten a lot done,” he said, mentioning an improved economy, 14 million jobs created, deficits reduced, Obamacare and a global agreement on climate change.

On foreign policy, he cited the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba, the Iranian nuclear deal and ending the war in Afghanistan.

“There’s still major challenges,” Mr. Obama said. “[The Islamic State] is still killing people. North Korea still has a nuclear weapons program. Middle East peace has not been achieved. So, you know, if I were satisfied now, then I would be blind to the many challenges we face. I can say with confidence that the work we’ve done has made both America, and I think the world, stronger and better.”

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