November 3rd, 2010
12:15 PM ET
4 years ago

Obama to face reporters after Democratic bloodbath

(CNN) – President Barack Obama faces reporters Wednesday afternoon following a night that saw dramatic losses for his fellow Democrats in Congress and a late-night chat with the presumptive new Republican speaker of the House.

Obama's called Ohio Rep. John Boehner, the incoming speaker, at midnight Tuesday to congratulate him on the GOP takeover of the House of Representatives. The president told both Boehner and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell that he wants to work with them to "find common ground, move the country forward and get things done for the American people," the White House said
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  1. Justin

    The reason for the bloodbath was the failure of the President and Democratic leadership to listen to the American people. We the American people gave the Democrats the permission to lead on election night 2008. They squandered the opportunity. Election night 2010 sent a message which hopefully everyone in Washington will hear. We want a government that lives within its means and pays off its loans. We want a government that works for the betterment of the American people. Mr. Obama you have two years before your day of reckoning. There is still time to change your actions and policies to match those of the American people. Are you listening?

    November 3, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  2. Get A Grip

    Come on CNN how about a little report from you regarding that trip the Obama's will take to India on Nov. 6, 2010 at a cost to the hard working taxpayers of $200 MILLION PER DAY.....Yes, that's right. Our 'Leader' will take a waste of time trip to India and we will foot the bill of $200 MILLION PER DAY. Wasn't this guy all about cutting back, tightening our belts. Oh yeah, I forgot. It's about we the American people cutting back and tightening our belts, not the Obama's. They're all about 'Do As I Say, Not As I Do'......DISGUSTING that so many have lost their jobs and homes, yet the Obama's couldn't care less about spending $200 MILLION PER DAY of our hard earned money on a trip to India.

    November 3, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  3. Mike

    How many former Presidents and current President/First Lady does it take to campaign for the Democratic Party and still have a "historic bloodbath"? LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL !!!!!

    November 3, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. A True Centrist

    "I really don't think it was that much of a Democratic bloodbath ... it was anticipated that there would be losses."

    Ummmm...what? This year marked the most seats lost in the House by a party in over 50 years, the Republicans gained a huge majority of governor seats in time for the re-districting, and they doubled the average takover in the Senate. This was the definition of a bloodbath.

    However, as an independent, I'd like to remind all Republicans that votes like mine were cast against the Dem leadership and not for the Republican party. It's time for the Republicans to show us that they have some ideas.

    November 3, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Orlando Patriot

    NOW Obama wants to work with the Republicans? Are you kidding me? Obama now realizes how badly he screwed up this country and now the American citizens have clearly told Obama WE DON'T WANT YOUR IDEOLOGY!!

    What is interesting is when the Democrats took total control of the two branches of government (for those of you who DON'T know what that is because you attend our useless public school system – it is the Executive and Legislative Branches) I was worried that the Democrats would control both branches for decades. If they had not pushed their ideology so quickly, and pushed through things like Health Care that the people didn't want as well as "move to the center", the Democrats might have actually HAD control of the two branches for YEARS!! However, a Democrat can't help but show their "true colors" and they screwed up the country in less than two years. I am sorry to see the country screwed up in less than two years but at least you showed the citizens what you really think and I thank you for that. Now Republicans can continue to make gains and start to get this country on the right track after the Dems took control of Congress in 2006 screwed it up so badly then Obama completed that by kicking our economy right off the cliff.

    November 3, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  6. Arkansas

    Repulicans have always worked. We don't sit back and wait for free stuff

    November 3, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. LIP

    Just like Bill Clinton, he will need to reinvent himself and move to the center. If Obama can do this, he may save not only himself, but first and formost, our country. Right now it needs saving and only a united front can do it.

    November 3, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Steve

    Too bad. I love it!

    November 3, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  9. Bill

    No anagram_kid... Alan is right in what he said. WORKING WITH THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. The problem is that no one listened to the people.... This would not have happened. once again the agenda was more important than the people that sent them there.

    November 3, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. Indiana Voter

    My, my, my how the Democrats are still in denial about what happened yesterday. Republicans need to block every far left measure Obama throws at the congress. The American people have spoken. They do not like liberal policies. However, Democrats will still spew hate and call names as is the norm for them, as they refuse to see what happened yesterday.

    November 3, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  11. LeAnn

    It was a bloodbath, but not a bad one. At least the Senate seats were saved.
    Basically, people who don't understand the real issues that the President is trying to fixed are suppose to be voted on and passed. But since Republicans refuse almost every bill the President proposes, then it just shows that we won't get anything done period. So if the American people want to see that happen instead of seeing any form of progress, then by all means let it happen. Let's see how many of us survive the next 2 years.

    November 3, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Jeff

    It was hardly a "bloodbath". What's going to change? People gave Obama a year to fix the economy that George W. Bush spent 8 years destroying. Now they will give the Republicans the same amount of time. In another 4 years, we'll all be fed up with Republicans and Democrats will be taking over again. It will just keep switching back and forth.

    November 3, 2010 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. Right Leaning Independent

    I guess all those with cell phones did not get the message that there was an election yesterday!! LOL...To the whining sore loser liberals on here. We are glad to take back our country and do not fear we will govern it in a sensible manner...

    November 3, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. joe the software engineer

    Oh spare us thr melodramatics. Everytime a republican wins a mayor position they try to say its dislike of obama. Obama is the most popular politician in the country. If you quote numbers you have tlook at yours too. Republucans are lower. They managed to successfully blame their bad economy on the people eho were trying to fix it. Wooptido. Theey still have no one who can challenge obama n 2012. Boehner doesnt say anything unless fox news says it first. Hes essentially a well dressed puppet.

    November 3, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. p

    now we can see all the gop bright ideas, they have 2 yrs to turn this economy around or else they will be history too

    November 3, 2010 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Rick in OP

    Re: Puzzled European

    With all due respect, we don't care what Europe thinks of us. We never have and never will.

    We have been watching the collapse of the European social welfare state (Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc.). It is collapsing under the weight of unrestrained social spending. And that is the same model that Obama was trying to impose on us, until yesterday.

    The beauty of the United States is that we are constantly tearing down our institutions and rebuilding them (creative destruction). Every time we rebuild, the new is better than the last. That is called progress. I strongly suggest you try it.

    P.S.
    If you like Obama so much, you can have him. He should be available for a new assignment in 26 months.

    November 3, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Patrick from Minnesota

    I get the feeling the most important accomplishment that'll get done over the next two years is replacing Justice Ginsburg. Especially with this breed of Republicans bipartisanship is dead.

    November 3, 2010 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. connie

    I am praying for the leaders of this country, that each one will realize who really has to lead this country, God!
    Until we get back to trusting in Him, it won't matter who is in office.

    Praise be to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

    November 3, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  19. kmp

    Alan he has been working unless you just now woke up from some 2 year slumber. It has been the Republicans who haven't done squawk all they did was say NO and they wear it with pride? I get not liking his agenda, but at least he was trying to help us and not just the select few.

    November 3, 2010 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  20. Brilliant President

    President Obama is a Genius. Instead of a failed attempt at making him eat crow. Each reporter got served one by one.

    November 3, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Chipster

    We were losing 500,000 jobs per month in Dec 2008. Now, we're losing fewer than 30,000 per month and private sector jobs have increased. Perception seems to be considerably different than the reality and I believe it's because Republicans are better at marketing than governing.

    November 3, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  22. John in WV

    After the last 2 years, you'd think our president would know that these people that he wants to work together with have no intentions of working together with him on anything short of kicking him out of the White House. This is truly sad.

    November 3, 2010 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    @Puzzled European
    That's a perfect analogy you gave. Sadly, corporations and the media run the U.S. now. The media creates whichever perception that creates the most controversy by exaggerating and creating fear, prejudice, whatever works. Americans have been dumbed down so much that they don't bother to check the facts for themselves. They just regurgitate what the media tells them, especially if it supports the idea that their problems are someone else's fault.

    November 3, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  24. jen

    I wouldn't call it a bloodbath. Who's writing these headlines?

    November 3, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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