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President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington on Monday. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016, 2:10 P.M.

Vouching for Trump, Obama says U.S. will maintain alliances

Vouching for the successor he never imagined having, President Barack Obama on Monday sought to reassure an anxious nation and world that Donald Trump would maintain America’s alliances and its status as the “indispensable nation.” He credited the president-elect for tapping into American voters’ anxiety and enthusiasm.

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Ronald Reagan in The General Electric Theater CBS Television series. (General Electric Company)

MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016, 9:02 A.M.

Analysis: It’s not just Trump. People freaked out over Nixon and Reagan, too.

Donald Trump’s election has been greeted by a considerable portion of the country with panic. Large swaths of commentators have described his victory as a potential disaster for the nation – placing a “xenophobic racist” and “clown” in the Oval Office. The truth is that we’ve been here before, many times, throughout the 19th century and in living memory.

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