Sasha Obama, Barack Obama and Malia Obama on Thanksgiving Day, 2015
Sasha Obama, Barack Obama and Malia Obama on Thanksgiving Day, 2015
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While President Barack Obama's message to America made it clear that he is determined to ensure a smooth transition between presidents after Donald Trump's shock victory, he had another, slightly different message for his daughters.

Obama told the New Yorkerthat Sasha and Malia have a duty to fight for people, and encouraged them not to worry about an "apocalypse". Instead, he reminded them that they should strive to move forward.

"What I say to them is that people are complicated," he said. "Societies and cultures are really complicated… This is not mathematics, this is biology and chemistry.

"These are living organisms and it’s messy. And your job as a citizen and as a decent human being is to constantly affirm and lift up and fight for treating people with kindness and respect and understandings."

And you should anticipate that at any given moment there’s going to be flare-ups of bigotry that you may have to confront, or may be inside you and you have to vanquish.

And it doesn’t stop… You don’t get into a fetal position about it. You don’t start worrying about apocalypse. You say, ‘Ok, where are the places where I can push to keep it moving forward'

Donald Trump is currently embroiled in an argument with the cast of the Broadway musical Hamilton, after their onstage plea to Vice President-elect Mike Pence to respect diversty when he takes up office.

Trump tweeted after hearing that Pence had reportedly been booed at the theatre before the cast's speech, demanding that they apologise:

You'd think he has bigger things to worry about.

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