President Obama addressed the nation on Nov. 9 about Donald Trump's unexpected victory and what that means for our future.
Standing at the Rose Garden, the sitting president said he had already invited President-elect Trump to the White House to make sure there is a "successful transition" between their presidencies. "We have some pretty significant differences," he said, adding, "Remember: eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences." He then went on to say that he will offer the same hospitality to Trump that Bush had previously shown him.
"We lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena, and we go at it and we try even harder next time."
Obama had spent the last few months throwing his support behind Hillary Clinton, even increasing the amount of rallies and campaign events he appeared at in her honor. Of Clinton, he said, "I could not be prouder of her. She has lived an extraordinary life of public service." He added, "Her candidacy and nomination was historic and sends a message to our daughters all across the country."
Moving forward, the President urged Americans to stick together. He said, "The day after, we have to remember that we're actually on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage . . . We all want what's best for this country." He ended his speech with words for those upset about the election's outcome. "This was a long and hard-fought campaign. A lot of our fellow Americans are exalted today, a lot of Americans are less so," he said. Speaking to young people, he said "You have to stay encouraged. Don't get cynical. Don't ever think you can't make a difference." About losing elections, he added, "We lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena and we go at it and we try even harder next time."
Speed up to minute 35:00 in the video above to watch his full speech.