There were tears in the eyes of some White House staffers as they gathered in the Oval Office on Wednesday morning, hours after Donald Trump was elected president in a stunning upset. President Obama scanned their faces for a moment before offering a word of comfort.
“He basically said, ‘This doesn’t undo what you have done,’ ” said a senior White House staffer.
Obama quickly urged them not to give into the passions of the moment, the staffer said, and instead to get busy — preparing to host the president-elect at the White House on Thursday and setting in motion a smooth transfer of government.
“We have jobs to...