Following the election and the Donald Trump-led Republican Party win at the polls, President Obama has appealed to the American people to stay calm by accepting the will of the majority.
“That’s the way politics works sometimes. We try really hard to persuade people that we’re 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 go at it. We try even harder the next time,” the President noted.
He said that it’s important to go forward with good faith as this is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy.
“That’s how this country has moved forward for 240 years. It’s how we’ve pushed boundaries and promoted freedom around the world. That’s how we’ve expanded the rights of our founding to reach all of our citizens. It’s how we have come this far,” the President argued.
He said that he is prepared to give the next President his full support to ensure that he is successful in leading the country.
“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’re a little further ahead, you’ve made a little progress. And I can say that we’ve done that, and I want to make sure that handoff is well executed because ultimately we’re all on the same team,” the President said.
Nigel Belle, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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