President Barack Obama, during a town-hall style event with hundreds of young people of Vietnam, reassured a nervous audience member that while the U.S. election has been tumultuous, he is confident that American voters will make a responsible decision (video below).
On May 25, the third and final day on his diplomatic visit to Vietnam, President Obama met with the next generation of the country’s youth in Ho Chi Minh City.
In attendance were 800 members of a program that Obama himself launched, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Network, according to Voice of America.
President Obama had initiated the program in 2013 to provide young people across Southeast Asia with leadership and networking opportunities. One audience member asked the president how he became a leader.
“First of all, let me tell you that when I was your age I was not as well organized, and well-educated and sophisticated as all of you,” President Obama replied. “When I was young, I fooled around a lot, I didn’t always take my studies very seriously, and I was more interested in basketball, and girls.”
Another YSEALI member asked the president how he would spend his time after leaving office. President Obama answered that he would likely return to community organizing, “but a little more famous than I used to be.”
Then one audience member asked the president about the current 2016 presidential election.
“I think sometimes other countries look at our election system and people think, ‘Wow what a mess,’ but usually we end up doing OK because the American people are good people, as I hope I’ve gotten to know,” President Obama said, according to CNN.
“One of the great things about the United States is that even when it makes mistakes it’s able to adjust and recognize [them] and we correct course and take different steps,” the president added. “Things are going to be OK. I promise!”
It is no secret that President Obama expects the American voters to ultimately reject the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump. In February, during a press conference, the president noted that he was troubled by the business mogul’s rhetoric and what his proposals would mean for U.S. allies abroad.
“I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be president, and the reason is because I have a lot of faith in the American people, and I think they recognize that being president is a serious job,” President Obama said, according to The Hill.