After serving for two terms, as the 44th President of the U.S, the time has come for President Barack Obama to step down and to elect a new Commander-in-Chief.
On Tuesday, November 8th, millions of people all over the country gathered at their local polling sites to cast their ballots for their candidate of choice. At the end of the evening, all eyes were glued on major news networks as the public anxiously awaited the results of this historic presidential election.
This year’s election was one for the history books as we had business tycoon and Republican candidate Donald J. Trump running against the first ever female Democratic candidate Secretary Hillary R. Clinton for the presidency.
Despite Clinton’s qualified background and political experience, it was the shock heard around the world when it was officially announced that Trump won the election, making him the new president-elect of 2016, leading 279 to Clinton’s 228.
Mixed emotions spread like wildfire throughout the day since Trump’s triumphant win. Taking their voices to social media, some people expressed that Clinton was the more qualified leader, while others feel they will get the change they are looking for in Trump and that he would ‘Make America Great Again.’
Shortly after his win, Trump addressed his campaign party and a large room of supporters alongside his family and Vice Presidential Elect Mike Pence. He opened his speech by congratulating fellow running mate Clinton on a job well done.
“I’ve just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us — it’s about us — on our victory, and I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign. I mean, she — she fought very hard. Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. I mean that very sincerely.”
And though he understands he hasn’t received much support from Americans, his request is this: “For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people… I’m reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country.”
While it was a victorious win for the Trump Headquarters; for the Clinton supporters, it was an emotional and painful loss as Secretary Clinton faced the public one last time with an emotional concession speech.
“Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans. This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for and I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our country.
But I feel pride and gratitude for this wonderful campaign that we built together, this vast, diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign. You represent the best of America and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”
Even though the room was filled with heavy hearts and sadness, Clinton still encouraged her supporters to support President Elect Trump in his new role:
“We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
And though she was defeated in this race, she encourages all little girls and young women to still believe and reach in their dreams:
“And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”
President Obama also spoke from the White House shortly after her concession speech:
“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.”
He also noted how very proud he was of Secretary Clinton and all her efforts:
“I also had a chance last night to speak with Secretary Clinton and I just had the 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.”
And despite how America is feeling, Obama wants everyone to focus on the bigger picture and come together as one.
“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”.
Congratulations to President Elect Donald Trump and Secretary Hillary Clinton on a great and successful campaign. We wish you both well on your future endeavors.
Written by: Tiffany Hercules