Obama to team: You can mope for two weeks
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President Obama says he told members of his team they can sulk over the defeat of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump Jr. met with Gulf adviser who offered help to win election: report Voters Dems need aren't impressed by anti-waterboarding showboating After year of investigation, Trump can rightly claim some vindication MORE for no longer than two weeks before the seek to turn those emotions into action.

In a conference call with Democratic National Committee (DNC) members, the president heaped praise on Clinton and her historic candidacy and said it’s understandable to mourn an unexpected loss to Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Will Mueller play hardball with Trump? Mexican presidential candidate vows to fire back at Trump's 'offensive' tweets Elizabeth Warren urges grads to fight for 'what is decent' in current political climate MORE.

Obama added that Democrats must then dust themselves off to work on rebuilding their fractured party.

“We did not get the results we wanted, but we took a step in shattering a barrier that’s still there,” Obama said. “That doesn't mean we don't hurt or was an unexpected loss." 

“I was telling my team you’re allowed to mope for week and a half, maybe two weeks if you really need it," he continued. "But after that, we gotta brush ourselves off and get back to work."

“It means that we’re listening to each other, we’re asking tough questions, we’re respectful of different points of view." 

Obama used the call as a rallying cry for DNC members to come together in the aftermath of a devastating election that saw the party make only modest gains in the House and Senate, even as Republicans expanded their control over statehouses across the country.

He expressed confidence in Democrats’ ability going forward and said as a private citizen, he will continue to focus on the issues that matter most to him. 

“Bottom line is I’m still fired up and ready to go,” Obama said, reprising the popular chant from his 2008 campaign.