Following the emergence of American billionaire businessman, Donald Trump as winner of the November 8 US Presidential Elections, President Barack President Barack Obama, with Vice-President Joe Biden by his side, took to the podium in the White House Rose Garden to address the country about the results of the election.
Obama Blames Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari for Clinton’s Defeat
Barack Obama during speech blamed Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari for Hillary Clinton’s defeat. He said Buhari’s popular statement that women belonged to “the kitchen” and “the other room” contributed to Clinton’s loss.
What Obama Said
He emphasized that both Democrats of Republicans are first of all Americans.
The day after, we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team, Obama said. We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first. We’re Americans!
1) “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.”
2) “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’re Americans. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country.”
3) “That’s what the country needs: a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, a respect for our way of life, rule of law and a respect for each other.”
4) “This was a long and hard-fought campaign. A lot of our fellow Americans are exalted today. A lot of Americans are less so. But that’s the nature of campaigns, that’s the nature of democracy. It’s hard and sometimes contentious and noisy. It’s not always inspiring.”
5) “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. 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.”
6) “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 and we go back in the arena. We try even harder the next time.”
7) “I think of this job as a relay runner. You take the baton, you run the best race, and hopefully by the time you hand it off, you’re a little further ahead. You’ve made a little progress. 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.”