President Obama Reacts to Donald Trumps 2016 Election Win CSPAN November 9, 2016 8:43pm-8:55pm EST
tuesday's election results and the change of power in january. he instructed his staff to ensure a successful transition to donald trump. this is 10 minutes. mr. obama: good afternoon, everybody. yesterday, before votes were tallied, i shot a video that some of you may have seen in which i said to the american people, regardless of which side you are on in the election, regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, the sun would come up in the morning. and that is one bit of and that is one bit of prognosticating that actually came true. the sun is up. 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. i had a chance to invite him to
come to the white house tomorrow to talk about making sure there is a successful transition between our presidencies. it is no secret that the president-elect and i have some pretty significant differences. remember, eight years ago , president bush and i had some pretty significant differences. but president bush's team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure 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 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. i also had a chance last night to speak with secretary clinton. i just had a chance to hear her remarks. i could not be prouder of her. she has lived an extraordinary life of public service. she was a great first lady. she was an outstanding senator for the state of new york. and she could not have been a better secretary of state. i'm proud of her. a lot of americans look up to her. her candidacy and nomination was historic and sends a message to our daughters all across the country that they can achieve at the highest levels of politics , and i'm absolutely confident that she and president clinton will continue to do great work for people here in the united states and all around the world.
now, everybody is sad when their side loses election. the day after, we have to remember that we are actually all on one team. this is an intramural scrimmage. we are not democrats first, we are not republicans first. we are americans first. we're patriots first. we all want what's best for this country. that's what i heard in mr. trump's remarks last night. that's what i heard when i spoke to him directly. and 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.
i hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this transition. and i certainly hope that's how his presidency has a chance to begin. i also told my team today to keep their heads up. because the remarkable work that they have done day in and day out, often without a lot of fanfare, often without a lot of attention, work in agencies, scure areas of policy that make government run better and make it more responsive and make it more efficient and make it more service friendly so that it is actually helping more people, that remarkable work has left the next president with a stronger better country than the one that existed eight years ago.
so win or lose in this election, that was always our mission from day one. and everyone on my team should be extraordinarily proud of everything that they have done. and so should all of the americans i have had a chance to meet all across this country who do the hard work of building on that progress every single day. teachers in schools. doctors in er clinics. small businesses putting their all into starting something up. making sure they are treating their employees well. all of the important work that is done by moms and dads and families and congregations in every state. the work of perfecting this union. so this was a long and hard fought campaign. a lot of our fellow americans are exultant today.
a lot of americans are less so. but that's the nature of campaigns. that's the nature of democracy. it is hard. and sometimes contentious and noisy. it's not always inspiring. but to the young people who got into politics for the first time and may be disappointed by the results, i just want you to know, you have to stay encouraged. don't get cynical. don't ever think you can't make a difference. secretary clinton said this morning, fighting for what is right is worth it. sometimes you lose an argument. sometimes you lose an election. the path that this country has taken has never been a straight line.
we zig and zag and sometimes we move in ways that some people think is forward and others think is moving back. and that's ok. i've lost elections before. joe hasn't. [laughter] mr. obama: but, you know. mr. biden: you beat me badly. mr. obama: that's the way politics works sometimes. we try really hard to persuade people that we are right. and then people vote. and then, if we lose, we learn from our mistakes. we do some reflection. we lick our wounds. we brush ourselves off. we get back in the arena. we try even harder next time.
the point is that we go forward with the presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens. because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy. that's how this country has moved forward for 240 years. it's how we pushed boundaries and promoted freedom around the world. that's how we have expanded the rights of our founding to reach all of our citizens. it's how we have come this far. and that's why i'm confident that this incredible journey that we are on as americans will go on. and i am looking forward to doing everything that i can to make sure the next president is successful in that. i have said before, i think of this job as being a relay runner. you take the baton. you run your best race. and hopefully by the time you
hand it off, you are a little further ahead. you have made a little progress. and i can say that we have done that. and i want to make sure that handoff is well executed. because ultimately we are all on the same team. all right. thank you very much, everybody. [applause] >> our post election coverage continues on c-span. in a few moments, remarks by
house speaker paul ryan, who spoke following donald trump's election yesterday. we will get a house speaker's comments in wisconsin earlier today in a moment or two. sanders out with this statement this evening about the donald trump victory. into theump tapped anger of a declining middle class that is sick and tired of establishment politics and media. people are tired of working longer hours for lower wages, of seeing decent paying jobs go to china. of billionaires not paying federal income taxes and not being able to afford college education for their kids while the very rich become much richer. to the extent mr. trump is serious about pursuing policies that enrich the lives of families in this country, i am prepared to work with