President Obama called for unity in his annual Thanksgiving message on Thursday, the last he will deliver as commander in chief.
In an impassioned speech delivered at a time when the country is
y divided President Obama called for the Americans to come together after a 'noisy, passionate and sometimes divisive campaign season'.
He went on to say: 'No matter our differences, we are still one people. We are part of something bigger than ourselves.'
President Obama is spending Thanksgiving with his family and some friends at the White House this year, where there will be six different kinds of pie for dessert.
This year's selection includes banana cream, coconut cream, pumpkin, apple, pecan and cherry pies.
He made an impassioned plea in the wake of the election, urging everyone to try and put aside their differences for the greater good.
'Elections are often where we emphasize what sets us apart. We face off in a contest of "us" versus "them,"' said President Obama.
'We focus on the candidate we support instead of some of the ideals we share.
'But a few short weeks later, Thanksgiving reminds us that no matter our differences, we are still one people, part of something bigger than ourselves.'
He also hinted at racial tensions in recent weeks.
'Never doubt, that is what makes us American - not where we come from, what we look like, or what faith we practice, but the ideals to which we pledge our
,' said President Obama.