August 21, 2018

Full transcript of Obama’s speech after Trump’s victory

Full transcript of Obama’s speech after Trump’s victory

Good afternoon everybody. Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video some of you may have seen in which I said to the American people, regardless of which side you were on on the election, regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, the sun would come up in the morning.

And that is one bit of prognosticating that actually came true. The sun is up. And I know everybody had a long night. I did as well.

I had a chance to talk to President-elect Trump last night, about 3:30 in the morning I think it was, to congratulate him on winning the election, and I had a chance to invite him to come to the White House tomorrow to talk about making sure that there is a successful transition between our presidencies.

Now, it is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But remember, eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences. But President Bush’s team could not have been more professional and more gracious in making sure that we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running.

One thing you realize quickly in this job is that the presidency and the vice presidency is bigger than any of us. So I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set eight years ago and work as hard as we can to make sure that this is a successful transition for the president-elect.

Because we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country. 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. Read more 

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