Say this for Barack Obama: His remarks after Donald Trump’s historic victory were more gracious than Hillary Clinton’s.
Right under the surface of Hillary’s tearful humility and calls for unity were barbed calls to her supporters to “keep fighting” — that is, to undermine everything President Trump tries to do from now on.
Obama proved he can still turn on the charm when he wants to, and sound like the moderate, unifying, even inspirational figure he was when Americans first met him at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.
In the White House Rose Garden on Wednesday morning, Obama said:
“Everybody is sad when their side loses an election. But the day after, we have to remember we’re actually all on one team,” Obama said. “This is an intramural scrimmage. We are Americans first; we are patriots first.”
A peaceful transition is key, Obama said, because everyone is now “rooting for [Trump’s] success in uniting and leading the country.”
“A 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,” he said.
Of course, not everyone got the message. Thousands on the same side as Obama and Hillary took to the streets and loudly protested Trump’s election, some of them violently.
On social media, Trump was greeted with death threats while others called on the Electoral College to nullify the election results.
However, Obama’s message may have had a more calming effect than we’ll ever know. We have to give credit where it is due, no matter what the president was probably really thinking while he was making these lofty remarks.
Source: Huffington Post