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President Obama To Prince Harry: 'Serenity' On Leaving White House

Wednesday, December 27, 2017


(AP, LONDON, Air1 News) — Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that he felt serene the day he left the White House despite the sense that much important work remained unfinished.

Obama said it was "hugely liberating" to be able to set his own agenda in the morning and to have the time to talk with his wife, Michelle, now that he is no longer president.

Both men said the interview, recorded in Canada in September, was Obama's first since leaving the presidency in January.

"I miss the work itself because it was fascinating," Obama said of his eight years in the Oval Office, citing his health care reforms as one of his proudest achievements.

He did not mention his successor, President Donald Trump, but did say people in government should be careful in their use of social media.

He used his position to ask Obama a "lightning round" of questions of the type normally asked of entertainers, not politicians.

Obama also said he is "obsessed" with helping to train the next generation of leaders and said the world is in many ways healthier and wealthier than it has ever been.

At the end of the show, Harry would not say whether Obama will be invited to his May wedding to American actress Meghan Markle, saying the guest list hadn't been drawn up yet. But he did say Markle had enjoyed her first Christmas as a guest of Queen Elizabeth II at her country estate.

"She really enjoyed it, and the family loved having her there," Harry said.

 

(GREGORY KATZ , Associated Press, contributed to this report)