Former President Obama says he “wouldn’t do much” if he were granted just one more day as commander in chief.

“The truth is, if I were president for a day, I wouldn’t do much. The nature of the U.S. presidency — although it is obviously an extraordinarily powerful position — you stand atop a big ocean liner," Obama said Wednesday in response to a question at the Oslo Business Forum in Norway. "And steering that ship takes a lot of people and a long time, even to just move it a few degrees."

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“So in one day, you know, I would say hello to all the staff at the White House that I missed,” he continued, “but obviously if I had a longer stretch of time, there was a lot of unfinished business when I left.”

“That’s the nature of a democracy,” the 44th president said. “You take the baton from the person behind you, you run your race, and you have to pass it on and you haven’t done everything you would like to do.”

But if he had more than 24 hours in the Oval Office again, Obama said he’d tackle the issue that he sees as the world’s “single highest priority:” environmental sustainability and climate change.

“So much work needs to be done,” he said.

"Unfortunately, we have currently a U.S. administration that feels differently around these issues," Obama said to laughs from the audience of business leaders.

“That’s one way to describe it," he added with a grin. "So if I were in the seat again, I would, I think, focus on how can we continue to build on some of the progress that was made during my presidency.”