President-elect Donald J. Trump. On Nov. 9, the day after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, almost nobody thought they’d be uttering those words, but truth is stranger than fiction, and come January 2017, Trump will begin his tenure as the 45th president of the United States.

Pundits and political analysts are still trying to figure out how Clinton, who seemed favored to win in nearly all national polls, lost. Early theories say that Clinton’s loss may have been inevitable as the ruling party rarely stays in power for more than eight years. Some say Trump connected with voters by appearing as an outsider.

Others believe Clinton just wasn’t able to connect with white working-class voters, and her numbers were lower than expected because of low voter turnout. Still others point to FBI director James Comey. They say Comey is at least a little culpable as he insinuated right before the election that Clinton might have still been on the hook for sending classified emails over an unclassified server when she was secretary of state.

Whatever the reason Clinton lost the election, she said in her concession speech that she is looking forward to the future. In the speech, Clinton apologized for not being able to break the glass ceiling — the invisible barrier that has prevented so many women in the United States from reaching the highest echelons of power — but she said she was hopeful that it would happen in the near future. She also urged her supporters to give Trump the respect that he will be entitled to as president.

"Last night, I congratulated Donald Trump and offered to work with him on behalf of our country. I hope that he will be a successful president for all Americans," Clinton said according to CNN. "Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and a chance to lead.”

Though Clinton’s message was conciliatory and urged unity, her words went unnoticed by some who took to the streets to protest and even riot due to Trump’s election.
In anticipation of his first term, outgoing President Barack Obama met with Trump at the White House, as is customary. According to the New York Post, although Trump has been a vociferous critic of Obama and his administration, Trump said it was a “great honor” to finally get to meet with President Obama. The two discussed policy issues as well as how to ensure a smooth transition from the Obama administration to that of Trump’s.

Trump outlined some of the things that he wants to accomplish in his first 100 days in office in his 100-day action plan to "Make America Great Again," according to NPR. Trump’s ambitious plan includes imposing term limits on Congress, renegotiating NAFTA and working with Congress to repeal Obamacare, promote school choice and get tough on illegal immigration.

In the meantime, however, the president-elect is busy picking his cabinet. According to CNN, Trump’s cabinet members may include his friends from the private sector. The 15 people Trump selects will be vetted by the Senate before they become official members of Trump’s presidential cabinet.