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President Obama Explains Why He Won Two Elections

President Barack Obama held a press conference on Nov. 14, prior to his departure for Greece, Germany and Peru.

In his remarks to the White House press corps, Obama seemed to have some veiled criticism for the way former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton ran her losing campaign, reports the Daily Mail.

According to the conference transcript, which can be found on the White House website, Obama said he's planning on helping President-elect Donald Trump in his transition to power because: "This office is bigger than any one person." 

Despite winning the popular vote, in the Electoral College system with each state being winner-take-all, Clinton lost six states that Obama won twice: Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio.

Using Iowa as an example, Obama said he won that mostly-white state “not because the demographics dictated” it, but because he spent 87 days going to “every small town and fair and fish fry and VFW hall.”

He went on to point out that “there were some counties where I might have lost, but maybe I lost by 20 points instead of 50 points. There are some counties maybe I won that people didn’t expect because people had a chance to see you and listen to you and get a sense of who you stood for and who you were fighting for.”

Taking a somewhat sarcastic tone, he said that “good ideas don’t matter if people don’t hear them.” Speaking to his party in general, he advised that “given population distribution across the country, we have to compete everywhere.  We have to show up everywhere. We have to work at a grassroots level -- something that's been a running thread in my career.”

When addressing the question of the search for a new leader for the Democratic National Committee, Obama said he intended to minimize his involvement in the matter, but suggested that the party would benefit from “new voices.”

One voice that has been proposed -- and vigorously backed by Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont -- is Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, a Muslim African-American who is one of the party’s most progressive members.

Ex-DNC chair Howard Dean, who ran the party when Obama was elected, has also thrown his hat in the ring.

Sources: Daily Mail, The White House / Photo credit:

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