But Obama will also likely make clear that he has things he wants to accomplish before he leaves office. As he often said when he was president-elect, there's only one president at a time.
The news conference may be intended to get domestic politics out of the way before Obama departs Monday night for a weeklong, three-country foreign trip that's expected to be the last of his presidency.
That trip — to Greece, Germany and Peru — will give Obama a chance to reassure allies that bipartisan commitments are more enduring than any one administration. He's scheduled three news conferences during the trip, one on each leg, adding up to an extraordinary one-week stretch in which he'll face the press four times.
Obama had one previous chance to answer questions after his meeting with Donald Trump in the Oval Office last week, but he demurred. "Here's a good rule: Don’t answer any questions when they just shout," he told the president-elect.