Politico reports that President Barack Obama made good on his promise to smooth the transition between his administration and the incoming one of President-elect Donald Trump, telling reporters in the White House's Rose Garden that "we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country."
"It is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But, remember, eight years ago President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences," Obama said in the Politico article. "But President Bush's team could not have been more professional or more gracious in making sure we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running... So 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 that this is a successful transition for the president-elect."
"Everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we're actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage," Obama said. "We're not Democrats first. We're not Republicans first. We are Americans first. We're patriots first. We all want what's best for this country."
Politico also reported that Hillary Clinton apologized to supporters Wednesday for the painful loss her campaign endured and implored them to keep "an open mind" about President-elect Donald Trump.
"This is painful and it will be for a long time," Clinton said during her concession speech. "But I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one person or even one election. It was about the country we love and about building an America that's hopeful, inclusive and big-hearted."
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