During a Thursday press conference that was held in Germany, President Barack Obama remained cautiously optimistic about Donald Trump’s role as America’s president and he explained why. As German Chancellor, Angela Merkel stood by, Obama shared how the responsibilities that come with being the president of the White House comes with extraordinary demands and it demands seriousness. The President assured that Trump would discover “pretty fast” that he can’t treat his responsibilities casually.

The President went on to say, “And if you’re not serious about the job, then you probably won’t be there very long. Because, it will expose problems. Even when you’re doing a good job. Even when you are attentive. There are so many things that come across your desk.” He went on to mention that the presidential victory was probably the biggest upset in political history.

“He ran an extraordinarily unconventional campaign, and it resulted in the biggest political upset in perhaps modern political history. American history.  And, that means that he now has to transition to governance. And, what I said to him was what may work in generating enthusiasm or passion during elections may be different than what will work in terms of unifying the country and gaining the trust of those who maybe didn’t support him”, said Obama. President Obama acknowledged that Trump did indicate he understood what the President meant, and that there was a willingness to obtain unification of the country.

“That has to reflect himself in not only the things he says, but in how he fills out his administration. And, my hope is that that is something he’s thinking about, because not only is the president of the United States somebody the entire country looks to for direction, but sets the agenda internationally, in a lot of ways”, said Obama.