The sun has risen on a new day with Republican Donald Trump set to be the next president of the United States of America.
President Barack Obama called upon all Americans to embrace the new future. He spoke to the nation Wednesday at the White House after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton the night before.
“The day after, we have to remember we’re all on one team,” said Obama. “We’re Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country.
“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country.”
Obama said he spoke with Trump about 3:30 a.m. after the race was called. He congratulated the future 45th president and invited him to the White House on Thursday. It would be Trump’s first visit.
Obama believes Trump will work to unify the country and support solutions for issues affecting all citizens.
“That’s what I heard in Mr. Trump’s remarks last night,” Obama said. “That’s what I heard when I spoke to him directly. I was heartened by that.
“That’s what the country needs, a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law and respect for each other.”
The president thanked Clinton for her service and campaign efforts. He encouraged citizens to move forward with the president-elect despite any feelings of loss.
“This was a long and hard-fought campaign,” Obama said. “That’s the nature of democracy. It’s hard and sometimes contemptuous and noisy. The point is that we all go forward with the presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens. That presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functional democracy.”
Trump and Obama have significant differences, Obama said, but he pledged a smooth and supportive transition to the Trump administration. Obama’s predecessor did the same for him eight years ago. He wants to help Trump so he can “hit the ground running.”
“The path this country has taken has never been a straight line,” Obama said. “And that’s OK.
“The peaceful transition 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.”