Hillary Clinton played a crucial role within the Obama administration, serving as Secretary of State for the four years between 2009 and 2013, handling trying international scenarios and disasters, such as the killing of Osama Bin Laden and the Russian offensive into Ukraine. Her term in the administration was looked upon favorably by the President, who went on to become one of the leading surrogates for her campaign over the past year. Pundits analyzing Obama’s campaigning strategy for the Clinton campaign claim that the President tried to make it seem as though he was on the ballot himself. His high popularity rating in the later months of his term provided a golden opportunity to place another Democrat in the White House, despite the infrequency with which parties are able to hold the office for more than just two terms.
Despite Obama’s fierce campaigning, however, the Clinton campaign came up short on Tuesday night, and Donald Trump will sit in the Oval Office for the next four years instead. Throughout the campaign season, Obama criticized Trump as radically unfit to lead the country, lacking the proper temperament to have access to the nation’s nuclear codes and military capabilities. On Wednesday morning, he was forced to address the nation in the wake of the Trump victory and instill a sense of confidence and optimism in the country that appeared to vanish once Trump hit 270 electoral votes.
According to The New York Times, “Mr. Obama reminded the country that we “are all on the same team” and characterized politics as an “intramural scrimmage.” He said that he was heartened by the conversation that he had with Mr. Trump at 3:30 a.m. and that he hoped Mr. Trump maintains that spirit.”
He explained that Americans upset about the outcome of the election must not grow disenchanted with the political system and need to continue to fight for their values and what they believe is right. “Sometimes you lose an argument, sometimes you lose an election. But the path this country has taken has never been a straight line. We zig and zag.”
Obama went on to say that he and his administration would do everything in their capacity to make the transition to a Trump presidency as smooth as possible, He acknowledged that many on his team were even disappointed by the outcome, seeing that Trump has made it clear that he plans to unravel many of the policies enacted in the last eight years, but that they will work as dutiful public servants to fulfill their role to the American people to ensure that Donald Trump has everything he needs to lead the country from the first day of his presidency.
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