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How Barack Obama explained Donald Trump's win to his daughters

Olivia Blair

Published 19/11/2016 | 11:44

U.S. President Barack Obama and daughter Malia, who was recently caught smoking Marijuana. Picture Credit: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images
U.S. President Barack Obama and daughter Malia, who was recently caught smoking Marijuana. Picture Credit: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

After Donald Trump’s shock election win, one of President Barack Obama's jobs involved putting at ease the Hillary Clinton supporters throughout the US who were disappointed with the result.

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The day after, he offered the President-elect his congratulations and in a press conference said the “presidency and the vice presidency is bigger than any of us” and said he was committed to maintaining a smooth transition between presidents. The two then had a meeting which President Obama insisted was “excellent”.

Privately, he had another message for his daughters Malia, 18, and Sasha, 15, after they witnessed the defeat of the first female presidential candidate.

The president said he reminded them of their job to fight for people and encouraged them not to worry about an apocalypse but strive to move forward.

Sasha and Malia Obama follow US President Barack Obama to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base to travel to National Parks in New Mexico and California on June 15, 2016 in Maryland. Photo: AFP / Brendan Smialowski
Sasha and Malia Obama follow US President Barack Obama to Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base to travel to National Parks in New Mexico and California on June 15, 2016 in Maryland. Photo: AFP / Brendan Smialowski

“What I say to them is that people are complicated,” Mr Obama told the New Yorker. “Societies and cultures are really complicated… This is not mathematics, this is biology and chemistry. These are living organisms and it’s messy. And your job as a citizen and as a decent human being is to constantly affirm and lift up and fight for treating people with kindness and respect and understandings.

“And you should anticipate that at any given moment there’s going to be flare-ups of bigotry that you may have to confront, or may be inside you and you have to vanquish. And it doesn’t stop… You don’t get into a fetal position about it. You don’t start worrying about apocalypse. You say, ‘Ok, where are the places where I can push to keep it moving forward’.

Meanwhile, the girl's mother Michelle has been consistently touted as a 2020 presidential candidate by disappointed Clinton supporters. However, both the First Lady and the President have repeatedly denied she would want the presidency.

Malia and Sasha Obama. (Photo by Olivier Douliery- Pool/Getty Images)
Malia and Sasha Obama. (Photo by Olivier Douliery- Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the assembled press as he walks with his daughter Malia on his family's return to the South Lawn of the White House January 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)
U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the assembled press as he walks with his daughter Malia on his family's return to the South Lawn of the White House January 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images)

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