Shortly after Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech, President Barack Obama made his first public statement about the outcome of the presidential election in the Rose Garden at the White House. President Obama claimed that he called President-elect Donald Trump last night to congratulate him on his victory. Obama also mentioned that he invited Trump to the White House on Thursday to discuss the transition of power between his administration and Mr. Trump’s future administration.
Obama acknowledged the huge differences between Trump and himself. But then, Obama made a reference to the huge differences he had with President George W. Bush who was his predecessor. Even though Obama and Bush had differences, Obama claimed that Bush’s transition team was very generous to him as he was preparing to take office in 2009. Now, President Obama plans to have his transition team be just as generous to Mr. Trump when he takes office.
President Obama went on to remind people that we are not Democrats or Republicans first. He said “we are Americans first,” which was apparently the president’s way of trying to unite the country which is currently divided right down the middle. There is no telling what will happen to Obama’s policies or his legacy when Mr. Trump replaces him in January.
Throughout the course of Trump’s presidential campaign, he vowed to repeal and replace ObamaCare and appoint conservatives onto the Supreme Court. Perhaps his biggest political message was that he was going to build a wall along the U.S. southern border to reduce illegal immigration and that he was going to have Mexico pay for the wall. In just two months, we’ll see for ourselves if Trump can live up to all the promises he made to his millions of voters.