Election night is finally upon us, meaning America can finally stop worrying about Hillary Clinton's emails and Donald Trump's general demagoguery, and get back to the important things, like reality television stars. (Just kidding... or am I?) Regardless, the entire nation is relieved for the madness to finally be at an end, not least of all our sitting president, who has been campaigning tirelessly for Hillary Clinton. President Obama's response to the election results stressed the importance of the peaceful transition of power. Most incumbent presidents don't campaign quite as hard for their successors, but Obama kept up an aggressive travel schedule to stump for Clinton in important battleground states in the days leading up to the election. Unfortunately, this strategy did not work quite the way everyone was expecting it to.
With an approval rating of over 58 percent, Obama was in a unique position to win over any last minute voters. He told crowds not to be "bamboozled" by Donald Trump, told Jimmy Kimmel that he laughs "most of the time" when watching Trump in the debates, and on Full Frontal With Samantha Bee said that a "spooky" thing that might happen if people don't vote is that Donald Trump could be president. Now that the results are in, and Trump is our next president, Obama said both that he was proud of Hillary Clinton, and that the only part of prognosticating that came true was that the sun would come up in the morning.
He stressed that "The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy," and urged his team to follow the example of President George W. Bush's team when he left office saying "It is no secret that the president elect and me have some pretty significant differences, but President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences." He also somewhat addressed the issue of what will happen to his legacy:
I also told my team today to keep their heads up because the work that they do day in and day out, often without a lot of fanfare...that work has made America a stronger, better country than it was eight years ago. And that was our mission.
He compared it to a relay race. You take the baton, do your best, and then when the time comes you pass it on to someone else and hope you got far enough.
I had a chance to talk to President-elect Trump last night at 3:30 in the morning to congratulate him on winning the election and invited him to the White House tomorrow to talk about making sure there is a successful transition between our two presidencies.
While Democrats and Clinton supporters the world over are currently beyond disappointed today, President Obama's remarks reminded everyone that the sun would come up today, and that the important thing now is to work with the Trump administration, and get on with the business of perfecting the union.