November 3rd, 2010
12:15 PM ET
3 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. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Don't sweat it Mr. President. The republican fascists have all the rope they need to hang themselves. All you need to do is veto away and we'll have the majority back in 2012 when you get re-elected.

    November 3, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    I really don't think it was that much of a Democratic bloodbath ... it was anticipated that there would be losses. The real bloodbath is coming as the Republicans and their new "Tea Party" members come to blows on both floors of the House. After his speech last night, do you really think Rand Paul is going to tow the Republican Party line? I don't think so. We should expect to start seeing "dueling pistols at dawn on the Mall" from the Republicans.

    November 3, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. John

    The republican victory means they want to carry the baton. They can't just say NO to everything anymore. They have to work with President Obama this time, or there will be a repeat of 2008. This is the genius of President Obama.
    He knows how to put the ball in the opponents court just enough to make them own up to their responsibility. And to
    everyone who voted "against" the President,
    PRESIDENT OBAMA IS STILL PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Thank goodness.

    Republicans, time to roll up your sleeves and start working with the President.

    November 3, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  4. Puzzled European

    Take it from an outsider. Divided is not the word. Chopped to
    pieces is more befitting of Americans as we see it. Americans will hack each other to pieces and even cut off their own noses in the process as long as they think its hurting the other fellow. As if the results are not going to have an effect on them also.

    After they see what a fine job President Obama has done, as we have
    seen from abroad , Americans vote for zealots disguised as some sort of "tea party" and thinking that Sarah Palin can lead a country and vote Republicans who nearly brought American to the brink, right back in to finish off the American middle class? Ohio, did the Republicans promise to bring those jobs back from overseas?

    Its like watching people in the same boat sawing the boat in half in
    order to watch the other side drown.

    Americans are a peculiar bunch indeed. I guess we'll keep watching the antics from abroad.
    (We actually WANT each other to have health care, here).

    November 3, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  5. curtther

    It aint over

    November 3, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  6. Rang Tran

    After this election, Obama knew that Socialist is over.

    November 3, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  7. Alan

    Obama, time to roll up your sleeves and start working with the American People

    November 3, 2010 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  8. Kathleen

    AT LEAST PRESIDENT OBAMA IS STLL PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
    (And still will be in 2012 if the Republicans don't work on behalf of the American people.)

    November 3, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  9. Bob

    America has spoken, and it is not agreeing with the Obama agenda. How a Democrat can twist this vote of no confidence into "Obama genius" is laughable.

    November 3, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Arkansas

    Republicans will in fact that care of this country and what is best. The new Republican President for 2012 will see to that.

    November 3, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. anagram_kid

    Alan,
    I think your comment would be better directed at the new Republican leadership in the house. Now that they are the majority, they will have to actually work.

    November 3, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. vic nashville tn

    Many voters stay away from polling station yesterday this not democratic bloodbath

    Harry Reid won this election GOP focused bring Harry Reid down

    November 3, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  13. Lori in St Pete

    I'm glad things worked out this way. It mean that the rethugliban have to do something now besides throw down roadblocks and scream like a two year-old who isn't getting his way. Since seniors voted overwhelmingly for teabag candidates and the teabags plan to dismantle Social Security, cut off those who have already received more $$$ than they've paid into the system and sue them for any overpayments. Then pay back every penny to those who haven't reached their threshold and those who have been paying into the system for decades but still have decades to go before they can collect benefits. It's only fair.

    November 3, 2010 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  14. "Come hell or high water"

    "We the people" have paused, listened and watched and are now of the opinion that "Globalization" as it now stands is not working for the American-people nor our Nation. We are drowing in red ink and all this is making other countries wealthy at our expense...........So, Wahington-politicains...USA-financial institutions and banks as well as USA-maufacturing companies and alll USA-corporations, etc it is time to think "America-First" and think again "Made in the USA"America needs to get back to work and rebuild the "American Dream"

    Now that the mid-term election is done "We the people" will stay tuned and see to it that the political-parties in Washington become party-neutral and govern for the people. We need to bring our financial-house in order whatever it takes....

    ..............................................."COME HELL OR HIGH WATER"...............................................................................................

    November 3, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Funny thing... the liberals are talking like Obama has been empowered. Nothing could be further ffrom the truth. Obama's power was slashed deeply yesterday.

    November 3, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. stufit

    As you can see from the responses here, the left did not learn a thing and I doubt that their president did either. Lefties still calling names, blaming others, trying to scare people. They did not learn a thing. Still a hateful bunch demonizing and demeaning the hard working people of America. As Obama calls us the "enemies" and the people who have to sit in the back of the bus. And then there is the european who can't understand why we don't worship a Nobel Peace Prize winner who won it for doing absolutely nothing, what fine job is that drug crazed socialist talking about, bankrupting America? That is socialism for you.

    November 3, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Blink

    It was all about Obama. A complete repudiation of his policies. Don't worry libs the press will welcome him home like the prodigal son.

    November 3, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  18. Frank

    A necessary bloodbath.
    We call our USA colors Red White and Blue, not blue white and red.

    November 3, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  19. anagram_kid

    The Tea Party, for all of its misspelled signs, complaining, misinformation and billions spent, only has one major win in Paul and lots of losses. If anything, it was a Tea Party bloodbath.

    November 3, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  20. corey

    I think that the president is sincere, but we are a democracy. The people are speaking to let our government know that " we the people" are out there. we are tire of politics and are looking for as a good friend stated "stateman" that are willing to put down part lines, listen to the people who have elected you, Stop the corruption and get back to the basics that we are a country that is diverse and one at the same time. Each person is important and viable. Let's do this thing and show the world, waht we are made of and fight the fight over selfishness. thanks

    November 3, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  21. Augsbee

    If Republicans were able to handle the economy really well for President Clinton, Newt Gingrich did a great job for President Clinton then there is no reason why Republicans can't do it again for President Obama and John Boehner give Obama a really good economy also.

    November 3, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  22. LH

    Republicans have been saying NO to the Obama agenda. Much, much, different than not having ideas. But Obama didn't want their ideas. Instead he treated them as enemies. He is supposed to be the President of "all" the US citizens. Instead he has called anyone who disagrees with him names, claims we don't understand his message, sides against our citizens in favor of Mexico, and on and on, even suggesting that republicans can "sit in the back". What a complete and total disgrace he is to the office of the President. We have understood you all along Barack....and guess what....we don't want you or your socialist agenda!!

    November 3, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Expat American

    Puzzled European: You couldn’t have said it any better.

    November 3, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  24. Alan

    Wrong, if Obama was working with the American People to begin with, there would be no new Republican Leadership as we speak..

    November 3, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  25. keepstufingthis

    Do you think Fox New will be allowed in? The "enemies" list for this White House has got to be the longest ever when it includes the majority of citizens and "enemies" has been defined by the incompetent, inept, corrupt president as anyone who disagrees with him.

    November 3, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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