Obama after Trump election: 'Find some high ground, and hunker down'

Obama after Trump election: 'Find some high ground, and hunker down'
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After President TrumpDonald TrumpGiuliani used provisional ballot to vote in 2020 election, same method he disparaged in fighting to overturn results Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Fox News' DC managing editor Bill Sammon to retire MORE won the 2016 election, former President Obama's advice was to "find some high ground, and hunker down."

In an article adapted from longtime Obama adviser Ben Rhodes's new book "The World As It Is: A Memoir of the Obama White House," Rhodes recounts his experience with the former commander in chief in the days following the election, including Obama's reaction to Trump's win.   

“So, that happened,” Obama said after Trump's win, according to Rhodes. 
Rhodes writes that Obama was "just like the rest of us—trying out different theories for what had happened, trying to figure out what it meant, what it said about us as a country," that Trump won.
Obama's advice on "how to deal with Trump" according to Rhodes, was: “Find some high ground, and hunker down.”
In the excerpt, Rhodes also details leaving the White House with Obama for the final time on the day of Trump's inauguration.  

"I came to see the presidency like a game of Pac-Man,” Obama told Rhodes at the time. "Sometimes I felt like I was just outrunning people, trying to avoid getting tripped up before I got to the end of the board." 

Rhodes then asked Obama what he was going to do next, to which he replied: "Sleep in."

"The World as it Is" was officially released on Tuesday and covers Rhodes's years in the Obama administration as a top aide to the former president. 

Rhodes has published a number of excerpts ahead of his memoir's release.

The book is described as "the most vivid portrayal yet of Obama’s worldview and presidency," by publisher Penguin Random House.