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VERBATIM: Obama promises smooth transfer of power

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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.
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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.
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The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. I also had the 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.
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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. 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, and that's what I heard when I spoke to him directly, and I was heartened by that.