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'We have tremendous hope,' Trump says at final 'thank you' tour rally

President-elect Donald Trump completed his series of "thank you" rallies with an event in Mobile, Alabama, Saturday evening, where he was greeted by Mobile's hoop-skirted Azalea Trail Maids and appeared with his attorney general nominee, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions (R), and evangelist Franklin Graham.

Though Trump did address some policy issues, promising to soon name a nominee for the Department of Veterans Affairs, he devoted most of his speech to reminiscing on the highlights of his campaign. "My administration will follow two very simple rules: Buy American and hire Americans," Trump concluded.

The president-elect also responded to First Lady Michelle Obama's recent remark that, post-election, "we're feeling what not having hope feels like." "We have tremendous hope, and we have tremendous promise and tremendous potential," Trump said. "And beyond hope, we have such potential. This country has such potential. You watch, it's going to be so special." He suggested Obama "made that statement not meaning it the way it came out," because she was so nice when they recently met.