Obama: Here's my advice to Trump

President Barack Obama told Rolling Stone, in an interview that took place the day after the election, what advice he would give President-elect Donald Trump in their meeting following his win.

Obama said the biggest piece of advice was "No. 1, however you campaigned, once you're in this office, you are part of a legacy dating back to those first Revolutionaries. And this amazing experiment in democracy has to be tended."

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"So aside from any particular issue, the president needs to recognize that this is not about you," he continued. "This is not about your power, your position or the perks, the Marine band. This is about this precious thing that we've inherited and that we want to pass on."

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Barack Obama takes a moment to reflect before walking on stage to take the oath of office.

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Barack Obama and the First Lady share a tender moment during the Inaugural Ball on Jan. 20, 2009. 

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Obama enters the Oval Office on the first day of his presidency. 

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President Obama reads a letter left in his desk by George W. Bush, a White House tradition welcoming the new President. 

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Obama tours the grounds of his new home for the next 8 years. 

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Barack Obama meets with senior advisors in his third week as president.

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President Obama settles in for his first flight aboard Air Force One. 

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The 44th President of the United States gives his first State of the Union address on February 24, 2009. 

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Mr. & Mrs. Obama walk hand in hand towards the helicopter that will take them on their first trip to Camp David. 

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Michelle Obama shakes hands with Queen Elizabeth at the Buckingham palace during their trip for the G20 summit.

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POTUS shows some love for his troops while visiting Camp Victory in Iraq on April 7, 2009. 

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The Obamas share a laugh while eating a snack after an event. 

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Obama and Biden take in some fresh air with some golf on the White House green.

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President Obama explores the Pyramids of Giza during a trip to Egypt on June 4, 2009. 

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POTUS walks through his first G8 Summit in Italy. 

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Barack Obama takes in the beauty of the Grand Canyon.

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President Obama enjoys himself during an interview with David Letterman on Sept 21, 2009. 

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The Obama's welcome children to enjoy Halloween fun at the White House. 

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President Obama and the First Lady take their first portrait in front of the official White House Christmas tree. 

Obama sits in his personalized chair during a meeting. 

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The Obama's bust a move during the Governors' Ball. 

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Obama takes a moment to catch up on some important documents while on the go. 

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The President takes calls at all hours leading up to the vote on healthcare reform.

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Obama and Biden applaud the passing of the Affordable Care Act.

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White House Photographer Pete Souza had this to say about capturing this photo: "The sun was setting as the Presidential motorcade arrived back at Miami International Airport. I ran to get in front of Air Force One so I could use the beautiful sky as the background when the President boarded the plane."

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The Obamas lip-sync to a group of a cappella singers during a holiday visit. 

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A rare moment in the Situation Room of the White House.

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The President greets soldiers after a surprise all night flight to Afghanistan. 

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The Obama family admires Rio's infamous Christ the Redeemer statue while In Brazil on March 20, 2011. 

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Barack Obama approaches the Marine One helicopter. 

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President Obama watches the screen like a hawk during the real time mission to capture Osama bin Laden.

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The White House photographer Pete Souza writes "The President was ready to announce the news about the mission against Osama bin Laden and was putting the finishing touches on his statement in the Outer Oval Office. As he did so, the networks broke in with bulletins confirming that bin Laden had been killed and a photograph of him appeared on the television screen in the background near the Vice President and Press Secretary Jay Carney."

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Souza says "One of the most memorable moments of the year was when the President hugged Rep. Gabrielle Giffords as he walked onto the floor of the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol to deliver his annual State of the Union address."

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Pete Souza reveals an interesting fact about this photo: "The President hugs the First Lady after she had introduced him at a campaign event in Davenport, Iowa. The campaign tweeted a similar photo from the campaign photographer on election night and a lot of people thought it was taken on election day."

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Basketball fans cheer for the Obamas as they kiss for the kiss cam. 

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President Obama serenades Michelle on her birthday. 

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President Obama sits for a 3D portrait at the Smithsonian.

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President Obama takes a detour after the NATO summit to visit Stonehenge. 

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Barack Obama can't keep a straight face while recording a Holiday video at the White House. 

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Mr. President speaks at the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil-rights marches.

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President Barack Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba shake hands during the Summit of the Americas at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City, Panama on  April 11, 2015.

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U.S. President Barack Obama collects the folio holding the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 after signing it into law in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, November 2, 2015.

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He said "that means" a president must surround themselves with "really good people" and spend time "learning and understanding what the issues are."

"They're not games that we're playing," he said. "And that to the best of your ability, you're making the decisions that you think are right for the American people — even when they're not popular, even when they're not expedient. And the satisfaction you get from that is that when you leave this place, you can feel like you've been true to this immense privilege and responsibility that's been given to you."

Asked if the weight of history will provide a constraint on Trump, Obama said he believes sitting behind the Oval Office desk is "sobering" and that it will have an effect on Trump "as it has on every president."

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Barack Obama is sworn in by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to become the nation's first African American president. Wife Michelle and daughters Malia, 10, and Sasha, 7, look on.

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In this handout from the The White House, U.S. President Barack Obama bends over so the son of a White House staff member can pat his head during a visit to the Oval Office May 8, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama (R) and first lady Michelle Obama (L) imitate monsters as they read 'Where the wild things are' during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House March 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. The tradition dates back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes allowed children to roll eggs on the South Lawn.

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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at Jose Marti International Airport on Air Force One for a 48-hour visit on March 20, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. Mr. Obama's visit is the first in nearly 90 years for a sitting president, the last one being Calvin Coolidge.

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant January 7, 2015 in Wayne, Michigan. Obama spoke about the American automotive and manufacturing sector during his visit to the Detroit area, the first stop of a scheduled three-day, three city tour inthe lead up to the State of the Union.

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In this handout provide by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama (L) receives a fist-bump from a U.S. soldier as he greets hundreds of U.S. troops during his visit to Camp Victory on April 7, 2009 in Baghdad, Iraq. Obama is serving as the 44th President of the U.S. and the first African-American to be elected to the office of President in the history of the United States.

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Democratic presidential nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) cries while speaking about his grandmother during a rally at University of North Carolina on November 3, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Madelyn Dunham, grandmother of Obama, died today of cancer at age 86. Obama continues to campaigns on the eve of Election day with the polls still showing him leading in the race against the Republican presidential nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on April 18, 2013. Obama heads to Boston to mourn victims of the deadly marathon attacks, as investigators study images of a suspect who may have planted the bombs. No arrests have been made in connection with Monday's twin bombings near the finish line of the race, which sent metal fragments and nails into a crowd of thousands of runners and spectators, killing three people and wounding 180.

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In this handout provided by The White House, President Barack Obama, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and First Lady Michelle Obama talks with Prince George at Kensington Palace on April 22, 2016 in London, England. The President and his wife are currently on a brief visit to the UK where they attended lunch with HM Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle and later dinner with Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace. Mr Obama visited 10 Downing Street this afternoon and held a joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron where he stated his case for the UK to remain inside the European Union.

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U.S. President Barack Obama blows a bubble from a bubble wand made with a 3D printer by nine-year old Jacob Leggette while touring exhibits at the White House Science Fair April 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. Leggette, of Baltimore, Maryland wanted to take on the Digital Harbor Foundation's MiniMakers challenge, but faced the practical problem of not having a 3D printer. Jacob wrote letters to different printer companies, asking if they would donate a 3D printer in return for feedback on how easily a then-eight-year-old could use their device. His sales pitch worked, and he has been creating toys and games ever since.

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In this handout from the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wear 3-D glasses while watching Super Bowl during a Super Bowl party in the family theater of the White House February 2, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) and Vice President Joe Biden (L), along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, May 1, 2011.

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Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) gestures while chatting with US President Barack Obama sitting on a bench outside the Elmau Castle after a working session of a G7 summit near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on June 8, 2015.

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In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama (R), first lady Michelle Obama (2L), and their daughter Malia Obama (L) meet with Malala Yousafzai in the Oval Office October 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Pakistani girl, 16, was shot in the head and neck in 2012 in Pakistan's Swat Valley by the Taliban for her activism for women's rights and education.

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Pope Francis (C) and US President Barack Obama exchange gifts during a private audience on March 27, 2014 at the Vatican. The meeting at the Vatican comes as a welcome rest-stop for Obama during a six-day European tour dominated by the crisis over Crimea, and the US leader will doubtless be hoping some of the pope's overwhelming popularity will rub off on him.

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In this handout photo provided by the G20 Australia, Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott and United States' President Barack Obama meet Jimbelung the koala before the start of the first G20 meeting on November 15, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. World leaders have gathered in Brisbane for the annual G20 Summit and are expected to discuss economic growth, free trade and climate change as well as pressing issues including the situation in Ukraine and the Ebola crisis.

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In the oval office, Former President George Bush., President-elect Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Washington, D.C., January 7, 2009.

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In this handout image provided by The White House, President Barack Obama eats a nectarine following a town hall meeting at Kroger's Supermarket July 29, 2009 in Bristol, Virginia.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and Cuban President Raul Castro greet one another before bilateral meetings at the Palace of the Revolution March 21, 2016 in Havana, Cuba. These are the first direct talks between Castro and Obama, the first sitting U.S. president to visit Cuba in 88 years.

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US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama enjoy a glass of Guinness in his ancestral home of Moneygall, on May 23, 2001 in Moneygall, Ireland. U.S. President Obama is visiting Ireland for one day. He will meet with distant relatives in Moneygall and speak at a rally in central Dublin after a concert.

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President Barack Obama fist-bumps custodian Lawrence Lipscomb in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building following the opening session of the White House Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth, Dec. 3, 2009.

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Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (L) poses for a 'selfie' with U.S. President Barack Obama during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House to honor the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox April 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 World Series.

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden share a laugh as the US Senior Men's National Team and Brazil play during a pre-Olympic exhibition basketball game at the Verizon Center on July 16, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama dances with Santa Claus during the lighting of the National Christmas tree on December 4, 2014 in Washington, DC. The tree lighting ceremony marks a month-long series of holiday events in President's Park at The White House.

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US President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton embrace on the third day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25.

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The presidents translator, Luther (L), as portrayed by comedian Keegan-Michael Key, gestures as President Barack Obama speaks at the annual White House Correspondent's Association Gala at the Washington Hilton hotel April 25, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The dinner is an annual event attended by journalists, politicians and celebrities.

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In this handout provided by The White House, U.S. President Barack Obama shoots clay targets with a shotgun on the range on August 4, 2012 at Camp David, Maryland. Obama has put forth great effort to pass legislation to ban assault rifles in the wake of the Newtown, CT shooting and was recently quoted as saying 'we do skeet shooting all the time,' at Camp David.

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US President Barack Obama (R) and British Prime Minister David Cameron pose for a selfie picture with Denmark's Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt (C) next to US First Lady Michelle Obama (R) during the memorial service of South African former president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City) in Johannesburg on December 10, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on December 5 at age 95.

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US President Barack Obama, speaking of receiving injections, frowns while addressing the American Nurses Association House of Delegates June 16, 2010 at a hotel in Washington, DC.

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In this handout from the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama jumps into the ocean at Pyramid Rock Beach January 1, 2013 in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Obama is currently on vacation in his native state.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) and his daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (C) walk across the South Lawn of the White House after arriving by Marine One January 5, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama returns from a two-week holiday in Hawaii.

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In this handout image provided by the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama for the 'Kiss Cam' while Vice President Joe Biden and Malia Obama look up at the jumbotron, during the U.S. Men's Olympic basketball team's game against Brazil at the Verizon Center on July 16, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

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In this handout from The White House, US President Barack Obama sits on the famed Rosa Parks bus at the Henry Ford Museum following an event April 18, 2012 in Dearborn, Michigan.

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The wind picks up U.S. President Barack Obama's tie as he walks back to the Oval Office after welcoming the National Football League Super Bowl champions New York Giants to the White House June 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Giants defeated The New England Patriots 21-17 to win Super Bowl XXXXVI.

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In this handout image released by the White House on April 13, 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama runs down a corridor with the family's new dog, Bo, a six-month old Portuguese water dog, in the White House in Washington, DC. Bo is a gift from Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and his wife Victoria to the President's daughters, Sasha and Malia.

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"But I think the most important constraint on any president is the American people themselves, of an informed citizenry that is active and participating and engaged," he said. "And that is going to be something that I will, in my own modest ways, continue to try to encourage for the rest of my life."

Following his Rolling Stone interview, Obama met with Trump at the White House the next day. Trump praised Obama after that meeting and in subsequent interviews, and the two have communicated multiple times via phone since.

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U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump (L) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington November 10, 2016.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss transition plans in the White House Oval Office in Washington, U.S., November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump (L) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington November 10, 2016.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss transition plans in the White House Oval Office in Washington, U.S., November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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