President Obama Just Gave the Speech America Needed Right Now

“We’re Americans first. We’re patriots first.”


President Barack Obama called on Americans to come together after a contentious presidential election, urging both Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday to take the high road and support Donald Trump in order to heal a deeply divided nation.

“Everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we are actually all on one team,” Obama said in the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday. “This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first; we’re not Republicans first. We’re Americans first. We’re patriots first.”

The peaceful transition of power from one administration to the next is a hallmark of American democracy, he said, and he has instructed his White House staff to lend president-elect Trump the same respect and assistance that former President George W. Bush gave to him. Obama also thanked Hillary Clinton for her historic campaign, saying that her candidacy sent a “message to our daughters all across the country that they can achieve” some of the highest levels of office in the nation.

The president also expressed hope that the new administration would carry a spirit of inclusion, “respect for our institutions and our way of life,” and “rule of law” over the next four years.

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