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  • The President: Good afternoon, everybody.

  • Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video that

  • some of you may have seen in which I said to the American

  • people: Regardless of which side you were on in the

  • election, regardless of whether your candidate won

  • or lost, the sun would come up in the morning.

  • And that is one bit of prognosticating that

  • actually came true.

  • The sun is up.

  • And I know everybody had a long night.

  • I did, as well.

  • I had a chance to talk to President-elect Trump last

  • night -- about 3:30 in the morning, I think it was --

  • to congratulate him on winning the election.

  • And I had a chance to invite him to come to the White

  • House tomorrow to talk about making sure that there is a

  • successful transition between our presidencies.

  • Now, 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.

  • 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.

  • And one thing you realize quickly in this job is that

  • the presidency, and the vice presidency, is bigger than

  • any of us.

  • 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 -- because

  • we are now all rooting for his success in uniting and

  • leading the country.

  • The 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.

  • I also had a chance last night to speak with

  • Secretary Clinton, and I just had a chance to hear

  • her remarks.

  • I could not be prouder of her.

  • She has lived an extraordinary life of

  • public service.

  • She was a great First Lady.

  • She was an outstanding senator for the state of

  • New York.

  • And she could not have been a better Secretary of State.

  • I'm proud of her.

  • A lot of Americans look up to her.

  • Her candidacy and nomination was historic and sends a

  • message to our daughters all across the country that they

  • can achieve at the highest levels of politics.

  • And I am absolutely confident that she and

  • President Clinton will continue to do great work

  • for people here in the United States and all around

  • the world.

  • Now, 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.

  • 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.

  • That's what I heard in Mr. Trump's remarks last night.

  • That's what I heard when I spoke to him directly.

  • And I was heartened by that.

  • That's what the country needs -- a sense of unity; a

  • sense of inclusion,; a respect for our

  • institutions, our way of life, rule of law; and a

  • respect for each other.

  • I hope that he maintains that spirit throughout this

  • transition, and I certainly hope that's how his

  • presidency has a chance to begin.

  • I also told my team today to keep their heads up, because

  • the remarkable work that they have done day in, day

  • out -- often without a lot of fanfare, often without a

  • lot of attention -- work in agencies, work in obscure

  • areas of policy that make government run better and

  • make it more responsive, and make it more efficient, and

  • make it more service-friendly so that

  • it's actually helping more people -- that remarkable

  • work has left the next President with a stronger,

  • better country than the one that existed eight years ago.

  • So win or lose in this election, that was always

  • our mission.

  • That was our mission from day one.

  • And everyone on my team should be extraordinarily

  • proud of everything that they have done, and so

  • should all the Americans that I've had a chance to

  • meet all across this country who do the hard work of

  • building on that progress every single day.

  • Teachers in schools, doctors in the ER clinic, small

  • businesses putting their all into starting something up,

  • making sure they're treating their employees well.

  • All the important work that's done by moms and dads

  • and families and congregations in every state.

  • The work of perfecting this union.

  • So this was a long and hard-fought campaign.

  • A lot of our fellow Americans are exultant today.

  • A lot of Americans are less so.

  • But that's the nature of campaigns.

  • That's the nature of democracy.

  • It is hard, and sometimes contentious and noisy, and

  • it's not always inspiring.

  • But to the young people who got into politics for the

  • first time, and may be disappointed by the results,

  • I just want you to know, you have to stay encouraged.

  • Don't get cynical.

  • Don't ever think you can't make a difference.

  • As Secretary Clinton said this morning, fighting for

  • what is right is worth it.

  • Sometimes you lose an argument.

  • Sometimes you lose an election.

  • The path that this country has taken has never been a

  • straight line.

  • We zig and zag, and sometimes we move in ways

  • that some people think is forward and others think is

  • moving back.

  • And that's okay.

  • I've lost elections before.

  • Joe hasn't.

  • (laughter)

  • But you know.

  • (laughter)

  • So I've been sort of --

  • The Vice President: Remember, you beat me badly.

  • (laughter)

  • The President: That's the way politics

  • works sometimes.

  • We try really hard to persuade people that

  • we're right.

  • And then people vote.

  • And then if we lose, we learn from our mistakes, we

  • do some reflection, we lick our wounds, we brush

  • ourselves off, we get back in the arena.

  • We go at it.

  • We try even harder the next time.

  • The point, though, is, is that we all go forward, with

  • a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens --

  • because that presumption of good faith is essential to a

  • vibrant and functioning democracy.

  • That's how this country has moved forward for 240 years.

  • It's how we've pushed boundaries and promoted

  • freedom around the world.

  • That's how we've expanded the rights of our founding

  • to reach all of our citizens.

  • It's how we have come this far.

  • And that's why I'm confident that this incredible journey

  • that we're on as Americans will go on.

  • And I am looking forward to doing everything that I can

  • to make sure that the next President is successful in that.

  • I have said before, I think of this job as being a relay

  • runner -- you take the baton, you run your best

  • race, and hopefully, by the time you hand it off you're

  • a little further ahead, you've made a little progress.

  • And I can say that we've done that, and I want to

  • make sure that handoff is well-executed, because

  • ultimately we're all on the same team.

  • All right?

  • Thank you very much, everybody.

  • (applause)

The President: Good afternoon, everybody.

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オバマ大統領が声明を発表 (President Obama Delivers a Statement)

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