President Obama Delivers Post-Election Speech: “We Are All On The Same Team”

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Today, President Obama gave a speech at the White House on Donald Trump winning last night’s presidential election and what must be done now that the election is over.

“The day after we have to remember we are all on one team,” said Obama. “We are not Republicans first. We are not Democrats first. We are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country.”

US President Barack Obama (R) together with Vice President Joe Biden (L) addresses, for the first time publicly, the shock election of Donald Trump as his successor, on November 9, 2016 at the White House in Washnigton, D.C. Throughout the two-year-long election campaign, Obama has repeated a mantra that he will do all he can to ensure the peaceful transition of power. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

In his speech the president said he had called Trump early in the morning to congratulate him on winning the election. We are “all rooting for his success,” he added.

“Sometimes you lose an argument, sometimes you lose an election,” Obama told the audience. “But the path this country has taken has never been a straight line. We zig and zag.”

President Barack Obama (L) addresses the nation publicly for the first time since the shock election of Donald Trump as his successor, together with Vice President Joe Biden on November 9, 2016 at the White House in Washnigton, D.C. Throughout the two-year-long election campaign, Obama has repeated a mantra that he will do all he can to ensure the peaceful transition of power. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

“That’s why I am confident this incredible journey we are on as Americans will go on and I’m looking forward to doing everything I can to make sure the next president is successful in that.”

Watch his full speech below.
 

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