U.S. President Barack Obama, right, speaks as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump listens during a news conference in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Obama on Thursday met face-to-face with Trump, wh
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The mechanics behind the transition of power have started working.

Paula Rogo
Nov, 11, 2016

Donald Trump in the White House.

We still that can’t believe it. But that’s exactly what happened when President Obama welcomed the President-elect to the White House Thursday.

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And both men tried to move past their antagonistic past by sitting and talking for up to 90 minutes in what was supposed to just be a 10-minute visit.

Trump spent years promoting false claims that Obama is not a natural-born American with the controversial “birther” issue. But today, he called Obama a "very good man" and said he would seek his advice in the future.

"Mr. President, it was a great honor being with you and I look forward to being with you many, many more times," Trump said, adding that he and Obama had spoken about some wonderful and difficult things.

Obama spoke graciously about transitioning Trump, especially considering the fact that he has no political, diplomatic or military executive experience: 

"My No. 1 priority in the next two months is to try to facilitate a transition that ensures our President-elect is successful," Obama said.

“If you succeed, the country succeeds," he told Trump.