WASHINGTON (CNN) - A chastened President Obama tried to cheer up supporters while delivering an honest assessment of the midterm elections.
"It was a tough night," he said during an Organizing for America conference call Wednesday. "I don't think we should sugarcoat it."
He blamed the election results on a frustrated electorate that still wants change. The challenge Mr. Obama explained is, "we just gotta work harder to deliver the change the American people want."
The President thanked his supporters for their hard work, and while he warned that things "might get tougher in the days ahead," he sounded an optimistic tone about the future by drawing on his Presidential campaign.
"There were times where folks counted us out and we always came back," he said. "The same thing is going to happen over the next two years and the next six years."