A relaxed President Barack Obama spent about an hour answering questions, explaining his positions, and ad-libbing for laughs during a town hall at Benedict College on Friday.
Obama touched on issues ranging from gun violence, to free community college, to the Justice Department’s decision not to press charges against former Ferguson Police office Darren Wilson this week. Friday’s event was billed as a way for the President to interact with students at the historically black Baptist college in Columbia.
The primary focus of the town hall was the challenges facing Millenials, particularly African-American youth. Obama said, as long he’s president, his administration will do everything it can “to help young people achieve their dreams.”
“We can’t do it for you. You’ve got to do it yourselves,” the nation’s 44th president told an estimated 1,100 people in attendance. “But we can give you the tools you need. We can give you a little bit of a helping hand and a sense of possibility and direction.”