Washington, D.C. — President Obama gave a speech he wasn’t expecting to on Wednesday (Nov. 9) afternoon. Standing with Vice President Joe Biden by his side, Obama offered his first comments on Tuesday night’s election.
“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 were on in the election, regardless of whether your candidate won or lost, the sun would come up in the morning.'” – Obama
Obama has 71 days left in his second term as commander in chief. “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.”
In the 10-minute address, Obama admitted that he has spoken to president-elect Trump around 3:30 in the morning and he congratulated the former Apprentice star on his victory. He also mentioned that he has invited Trump to the White House on Thursday (Nov. 10) to discuss the transition of power between their administrations.
“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, or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running.”
“I also had a chance last night to speak to Sec. Clinton and I just had a chance to hear her remarks,” he said of his former cabinet member’s emotional concession speech earlier Wednesday morning. “I could not be prouder of her. She has led 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.”
Watch the full comments of Obama here: