President Obama gave a speech outside the White House on Wednesday in the aftermath of Tuesday night's shocking election. Obama hit the campaign trail in support of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pretty hard, and clearly his subconscious must still be back there on the trail. Because Obama accidentally said "President Clinton" in his speech after her loss, and it was a little ray of sunshine in an otherwise bleak day.
Obama was unfortunately not channeling some of our secret hopes but referring to Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton. Not going to lie, I was sort of hoping he was trying to cast a spell on us and trick everyone into believing in a Clinton presidency but he wasn't. You can't blame a girl for wondering though. After all, Trump and Obama have rather a long history together that has been contentious to say the least. Still, that didn't stop Obama from calling president-elect Trump to congratulate him on his victory in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He also invited Trump to the White House in the coming weeks to encourage a smooth transition of power if at all possible. In his speech outside the White House in the Rose Garden, Obama spoke of a unified country after an especially divisive general election and said of Trump that "we are all rooting for his success." Which is probably a tough pill for Obama to swallow after urging people not to vote for Trump for months.
During his speech, Obama said he could "not be prouder" of Clinton and all her campaign managed to accomplish. He acknowledged that this morning was hard for some Americans as well.
A lot of our fellow Americans are exulted today. A lot are less so. But that’s the nature of campaigns, that’s the nature of democracy.
To the young people who got into politics for the first time and may be discouraged by the results, I want you to know, you have to stay encouraged... don’t get cynical. Fighting for what is right is important...
Obama went on to talk about the nature of losing by saying;
Everybody is sad when their side loses their election. But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually all on the same team.... we’re patriots first.
That’s what I heard when I spoke to [Trump] directly, and I was heartened by that. That’s what our country needs. ... I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition and I certainly hope that’s how his presidency has a chance to begin.
As Obama plans his exit from the White House, it must be difficult for him. Trump has built a platform on promising to tear down just about everything the Obama administration tried to build from Obamacare to environmental legislation. But he managed to be as gracious as ever when congratulating Trump and speaking to the American people.
He reminded voters who might be disappointed by Tuesday's election results that “we lick our wounds, we brush ourselves off, we get back in the arena... we move forward.. that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant... democracy.”
“That’s how we have come this far... I’m confident that this incredible journey that we’re on will go on.”
I don't know about you guys but my god, I'm going to miss him.