President Barack Obama told the American people on Wednesday that regardless of which political side they were on, they are all on the same team.
Before the votes were tallied, Obama said, he had told Americans, “the sun would come up in the morning.”
“And that is one bit of prognosticating that actually came true,” he said Wednesday from the White House, addressing Hillary Clinton’s loss to Donald Trump.
The president said he spoke with Trump after he won the election, congratulating him on his victory and inviting him to the White House to talk about “making sure that there is a successful transition between our presidencies.”
“It is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But remember that eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences,” Obama said. “But President Bush’s team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running. … I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set.”
“We are now all rooting for [Trump’s] success in uniting and leading the country,” he added. “The peaceful transfer of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy, and over the next few months we are going to show that to the world.”
Obama also addressed Clinton’s loss. He said that he “could not be prouder of her,” calling her candidacy and nomination “historic.”
“Everybody is sad when their side loses an election,” he said, “but the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage.
“We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country.”