Tuesday night marked the stressful end to a stressful election, and it was especially difficult for those who hoped to see a victory for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Many Americans stayed up late waiting to see what kind of history would be made, and even later wondering what a Donald Trump presidency will mean for our country.
As the results came in, current President Barack Obama took a moment to share his thoughts with the American people, via BuzzFeed News on Twitter. As we've come to expect from POTUS during his eight years in office, the message was a positive one that emphasized unity and a deep love of his country.
Obama acknowledged that this was "an exhausting, stressful, and sometimes downright weird election for all of us." However, he reminded Americans that "we've been through tough and divisive elections before, and we've always come out stronger for it."
Obama went on to share some powerful remarks about American democracy and where we can go from here:
That's what makes America special — the idea that, while progress isn't guaranteed, each of us has the power to choose our path, not just on nights like this, but every day in between. It is a beautiful and fragile gift, and we should treat it that way. So whether your chosen candidates win or lose tonight, let's all agree not only to stay engaged, but to push ourselves to do even better. To vote not just when a president's on the ballot, but for Congress, and mayor, and school board, and dog catcher. To educate ourselves on the issues, and join with our neighbors in tackling the ones that face our communities. And most importantly, to see each other not simply as Democrats or Republicans, but as fellow Americans. To treat each other with the respect, and empathy, and kinship that title, "American," commands.
On both social media and in day-to-day life, he says, "we can choose to see the best in one another."
The president closed his video with this optimistic reminder: "No matter what happens, the sun will rise in the morning, and America will still be the greatest nation on Earth." On a tough night, and in the days ahead, these words serve as a welcome comfort and a symbol of Obama's remarkable legacy.