US President Barack Obama says one of his missions after leaving office will be to develop a new generation of leaders on issues such as climate change, criminal justice reform and expanding health insurance coverage.
President Obama greets crowds in Brussels.
Source: Associated Press
Obama said he wants to ensure that young people working on those issues have "whatever resources, credibility, spotlight that I can bring to help them rise up."
The out-going president said issues he cares most about will be well served when that new generation moves into positions of authority.
The Democratic Party has been hit hard during his presidency.
Obama said Republicans have been systematic in building from the ground up while Democrats have had a bias toward national and international issues.
"As a consequence I think we've ceded too much territory," he said.
Obama said he leaves office with some ideas about how to build up the party, but he says he'll serve more as an adviser, coach and friend.