Hillary Clinton Delivers Her Concession Speech, President Obama Addresses the Nation
Clinton is scheduled to speak at 10:30 a.m. EST from the New Yorker Hotel in Manhattan, according to a campaign spokesperson. In addition to the speech being broadcast live on television, CNN, ABC News, Fox News, and TMZ are offering free livestreams online.
President Obama called Trump to congratulate him on his victory after the news was announced early Wednesday morning. According to a statement from the White House press secretary, Obama invited his successor to the White House to “update” Trump on the transition planning that Obama’s team “has been working on for nearly a year.” Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CBS This Morning that he and Obama “talked well into the wee hours” of the morning. She also said that the details of their meeting were still being organized. Obama also reportedly called Clinton to express his “admiration for the strong campaign she waged.” President Obama is expected to make a speech around 12:15 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016.
This post will be updated as Clinton and President Obama address the nation for the first time after Clinton conceded to Trump early Wednesday morning.
Update — Nov. 9, 12:23 p.m. ET:
President Obama said that we are “all rooting for his success” after acknowledging that he and President-elect Donald Trump have their differences. Obama confirmed that he invited Trump to come to the White House on Thursday and reminded the country that we “are all on the same team.”
Obama expressed his pride in Hillary Clinton and told his team to “keep their heads up” and reflect on the hard work that they have done.
“The point though is is that we all go forward with a presumption of good faith in our fellow citizens because that presumption of good faith is essential to a vibrant and functioning democracy,” said Obama, reflecting on his view on the progress of our nation. “And that’s why I’m confident that this incredible journey that we’re on as Americans will go on and I’m looking forward to doing everything that I can to make sure that the next president is successful in that.”
Update — Nov. 9, 11:42 a.m. ET:
Joined by her husband Bill and her daughter Chelsea, Clinton, who won the popular vote, first thanked her family and told her female supporters, “I’m sorry that we did not win this election for the values we share and the visions we hold. But I feel pride and gratitude … You represent the best of America.”
Clinton thanked her running mate Tim Kane, President Obama, and Michelle Obama.
“This is painful, and it will be for a long time, but our campaign was never about one person or one election, it was about the country we love,” she added before addressing the fight forward.
“To all the women, and especially 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 added, “Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but someday someone will and hopefully sooner than what we think right now.”
“We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought,” Clinton said. “But I still believe in America and I always will. If you do, we must accept this result and look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.”
“This loss hurts, but never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”
Update — Nov. 9, 11:26 a.m. ET:
House Speaker Paul Ryan took the stage prior to Clinton’s delivery of her concession speech. “Donald Trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard,” said Ryan. “He turned politics on its head. And now, Donald Trump will lead a unified Republican government.” He added that it’s time to “rededicate ourselves to making America great.”