Obama: The sun came up

Barack Obama speaking at the White House as Vice–President Joe Biden looks on.

Barack Obama speaking at the White House as Vice–President Joe Biden looks on. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty

As President Barack Obama watched Hillary Clinton’s campaign collapse around her last night, he shot a video predicting the sun would come up tomorrow.

Today he said that was one bit of prognosticating that actually came true.

As we now know, most of the other predictions made about the road to the White House were way off.

Moments after Hillary Clinton gave her delayed concession speech, Mr Obama addressed the American public from the White House Rose Garden.

He started by saying it was no secret that he and Donald Trump had some pretty significant differences – but pointed out that so did he and President George Bush eight years ago. Mr Bush’s transition team however could not have been more professional or gracious.

“I have instructed my team to follow the example that President Bush’s team set eight years ago and work as hard as we can to make sure this is a successful transition for the President-elect.”

“We are all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country,” he continued.

Barack Obama

Mr Obama and Mr Biden leaving together after addressing the nation publicly after the shock election result. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty

“Everyone is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after, we have to remember that we are all actually on one team.”

Mr Obama said they were Americans first and patriots – and that’s what he heard from Donald Trump when he spoke to him last night to congratulate him.

He has invited him for a meeting at the White House on Thursday.

Mr Obama also spoke of his pride in Hillary Clinton.

“Her candidacy and nomination was historic, and sent a message to our daughters all across the country that they can achieve at the highest levels of politics,” he said.

Not long after Mr Obama spoke, White House spokesman Josh Earnest held a news briefing in which he fielded questions over Mr Trump’s promise in campaigning to jail “Crooked Hillary”.

“We’ve got a long tradition in this country of … people in power not using the criminal justice system to exact political revenge. … The president is hopeful that it will continue,” he said.

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