Prior to Trump winning the presidential election, Obama addressed the nation
. "Hey everybody. It's finally election night, and I imagine that's welcome news to most of you, because let's face it, this has been an exhausting, stressful, and sometimes downright weird election for all of us," he said during a speech that was streamed on BuzzFeed
. "But here's what I want everybody to know. While we've certainly seen some new things this time around, what isn't new is that our democracy has always been rowdy and raucous. We've been through tough and divisive elections before, and we've always come out stronger for it. 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."