Thursday, November 10, 2016

Election Day is Over!

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton during United States presidential election 2016After the elections were over and Donald Trump had been announced as our future president, I watched some of the speeches given following his victory. I was impressed with the gracious, sincere, respectful attitude conveyed in the speeches. Here are some of my favorite parts of the speeches.

President Elect Donald Trump began his speech by congratulating Hillary Clinton on a very hard fought campaign. He went on to call the American people to unity.
"To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It's time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me. 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 to unify our great country."
Mr. Trump went on to state what he wants to accomplish in his presidency. First, he said that he wants to rebuild our infrastructure. And secondly, he want to take care of our veterans.
He also promised to be fair with all countries and to pursue relationships.
"I want to tell the world community that while we will always put America's interests first, we will deal fairly with everyone, with everyone- all people and all other nations. We will seek common ground, not hostility; partnership, not conflict."
He thanked many people, including his family, friends, advisors, campaign managers, former competitors, secret service, and New York police.
Then he went on:
"So, it's been what they call a historic event, but to be really historic, we have to do a great job. And I promise you that I will not let you down, we will do a great job. We will do a great job. I look very much forward to being your president, and hopefully at the end of two years, or three years, or four years, or maybe even eight years, you will say, so many of you worked so hard for us, but you will say that- you will say that that was something that you really were proud to do and I can...only say that while the campaign is over, our work on this movement is now really just beginning."
MikePenceVPCampaignWaukeshaWIHe closed by thanking the American people and letting us all know that it is an honor.

Before Mr. Trump gave his speech, Vice President Elect Mike Pence gave a speech as well, in which he said:
"I come to this moment deeply humbled and grateful to God for his amazing grace."

The following morning, Hillary Clinton gave her concession speech. It too, was very humble, sincere, and respectful.
She thanked everyone for being there, and told everyone that she knew how disappointed they were that they did not win. But, she said, "You represent the best of America, and being your candidate has been one of the greatest honors of my life."
She went on to say: "Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead."
Wow. How's that for a loosing speech? But she wasn't done yet.
She said that we owe President Obama a debt of gratitude. Why? "We thank you for your graceful, determined leadership that has meant so much to so many Americans and people across the world."
She went on to thank her family and her campaign staff, and then had a note for young women.
"And to all the women, and especially the young women, who put their faith in this campaign and in me: I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your champion."
She finished her speech by saying that she is grateful for this country. And her closing words were: "May God bless you and may God bless the United States of America."

President Obama had some remarks to make about the outcome of the election.
He began by saying that the sun did come up the morning after the election, regardless of the outcome.
He went on to stress the importance of a successful and smooth transition of power.
"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 that we had a smooth transition so that we could hit the ground running. And one thing that 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 to 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."
He went on to congratulate Clinton on a great campaign. Then he said that even though some people are sad because their side did not win, we really all one because "we are Americans first. We are patriots first."
President Barack Obama He went on to give encouragement to young people: "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."
President Obama also addressed the right way to react to loosing.
"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."
He also explained why a smooth transition is so important.
"I've 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."

So, Mr. Trump, I give you my respect as our country's future leader. I am willing to give you a chance to lead. I, too, want this to be a smooth transition.

Secretary Clinton, you did fight hard. And you achieved something great. I respect you for your hard work.

And President Obama, I give you my respect as leader for the rest of your time in office. Thank you for keeping our country free these last eight years.

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God Bless America!

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