Obama offers a gracious welcome to the Trump presidency and promises an orderly handover

David Martosko, U.S. political editor for DAILYMAIL.COM, writes:

President Barack Obama is rooting for President-elect Donald Trump’s success, he said Wednesday afternoon during a nine-minute address in the White House Rose Garden — but his clearly devastated staff didn’t look so sure.

With Vice President Joe Biden at his side, a sometimes smiling but always composed Obama said Tuesday’s election in which his party’s nominee lost the nation’s highest office was a setback for his agenda but not for the nation.

‘We are now all rooting for his success in uniting the country,’ he said.

‘Everybody is sad when their side loses an election. But the day after, we have to remember that we’re actually on one team,’ Obama said.

‘This is an intramural scrimmage. We’re not Democrats first. We’re not Republicans first. We’re Americans first. We’re patriots first.’

After he spoke some of his staff openly wept at the result, one saying of the day: ‘I’m so sad’.

Obama’s call for calm came alongside similar statements from both Clinton and Trump. All three combined in a concerted effort to try and bring the nation together after a fractious and bitter election battle.