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President Obama: Gwen Ifill was an "extraordinary journalist"

November 14, 2016
President Obama remembered "Washington Week" moderator and "PBS NewsHour" co-anchor Gwen Ifill, who died Monday at age 61. Obama called Ifill a friend and "extraordinary journalist." "I always appreciated Gwen's reporting even when I was at the receiving end of one of her tough and thorough interviews," Obama said. "She was an especially powerful role model for young women and girls who admired her integrity, her tenacity and her intellect."
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Trump’s Election Upends Agenda for Obama’s Last Foreign Trip

November 14, 2016
Margaret Talev, Toluse Olorunnipa | Bloomberg Politics
Donald Trump’s election has changed the nature of President Barack Obama’s final foreign trip as commander in chief.

Trump begins transition to the White House after deeply polarizing election

November 11, 2016
President-elect Donald Trump meets with leaders in Washington to begin his transition to the White House.
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Obama, Trump Talk Policy Issues in First Meeting

November 11, 2016
Carol Lee | The Wall Street Journal
President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama met for the first time Thursday, with the Republican businessman saying he has “great respect” for a man he’s called “the worst president in the history of the United States” and he plans to seek Mr. Obama’s counsel while in office.
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Trump’s win exposes Obama’s struggle to speak to the entire nation

November 11, 2016
Greg Jaffe, Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post
For months, President Obama has been worrying both publicly and privately about the growing threats to American democracy. At the top of Obama’s list — the physical embodiment of those gathering and potentially existential threats — was Donald Trump, from whom Obama sat inches away in the Oval Office on Thursday.
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Obama on President-Elect Trump: We are "rooting for his success"

November 9, 2016
President Obama said he is committed to a smooth transition of power to his successor Donald Trump, the day after Americans voted for control of the White House to change parties. "We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading the country," Obama said. "The peaceful transition of power is one of the hallmarks of our Democracy, and over the next few months we are going to show that to the world."
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Obama’s 3-Day Swing Will Try to Push Blacks and Millennials Hillary Clinton’s Way

November 3, 2016
Jonathan Martin | The New York Times
With Democrats concerned about lagging early turnout among blacks and younger voters, President Obama on Wednesday began a three-day swing aimed at galvanizing a couple of the pillars of his political coalition in two states that could deny Donald J. Trump any route to the presidency.
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