President Obama gives his first speech following Trump's shock victory.

Yesterday when things began to look as though they  may not go the way of the Democrats nor their candidate Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama assured the America people that the sun would rise again today, and it has.

While the world is still reeling from the shocking news that Donald Trump is now president-elect, Obama called for unity on the steps of the White House and vowed to be gracious as he hands over the keys in a few months time.

“Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video… in which I said to the American people the sun would come up in the morning and that is one bit of prognosticating that actually came true,” he began.

“I know everybody had a long night. I did as well.”

Obama said he has spoken with “president-elect Trump” late last night and congratulated him on his victory.

“It is no secret that the president-elect and I have some pretty significant differences. But remember that eight years ago, President Bush and I had some pretty significant differences.

“The presidency and vice presidency is bigger than any of us.

“We are now all rooting for his success in uniting and leading this country. The peaceful transfer of power is one of the hallmarks of our democracy.”

Obama said he “could not be prouder” of Clinton’s efforts and he, like many Americans, looks up to her.

“Her candidacy and nomination was historic,” he said.

“We have to remember that we’re actually all on one team…We’re not Democrats first, we’re not Republicans first, we are Americans first. We’re patriots first. We all want what’s best for this country.”