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OK, Republicans. You've won the House. You've promised to fix the economy. What do you do now?

Obama regrets that "we couldnt' have mad the [health care process] healthier than it ended up being."

Delrayser (@delrayser) tweets: "Every reporter came to the WH with the same question today & aren't letting the fact it's already been asked stop them."

Asked what he'll compromise on with the new Congress, Obama immediately cites energy. He says the cap-and-trade bill passed by the House last year will be doomed in the new Congress, but that that doesn't mean we can't move forward on energy. He cites policies for which there's bipartisan support, including natural gas development, nuclear energy expansion, and electric vehicles. Notably absent, despite having garnered a somewhat bipartisan consensus over the summer? A renewable portfolio standard. 

How does it feel to lose so many allies and state legislatures? Jake Tapper asks. Obama: "It feels bad. The toughest thing over the last couple of days is seeting really terrific public servants not have the opportunity to serve anymore, at least in the short term..." Obama says he asks himself, "Is there something I could have done to make sure those folks could still be there..." says he's got to "take responsibility" on some level

Sullivan calls it "a great night for gays."

More Obama press conference: Notice that the first bone he threw Republicans was an earmarks moratorium. Said he's be willing to work with Eric Cantor on this one. In one way, he's been prepping for this move since 2008. It makes sense as something to work with Republicans on, given that 1) Democrats sought to limit earmarks earlier this year, and 2) Obama spent some stage time in his presidential run pointing out that John McCain's crusade against earmarks as wasteful spending was kind of meaningless compared to the attention he gave it, since they make up only 1 percent of the federal budget.

Marijuana got all the press last night, but another major California proposition to concede defeat was an oil-funded initiative to cripple the state's groundbreaking climate change law. Prop. 23, which sought to delay California's cap-and-trade legislation until statewide unemployment dropped to 5.5 percent for a full year, sparked a $40 million spending blitz by both sides. Opponents of the initiative, led by a strong coalition of Silicon Valley firms, outspent proponents, including major oil companies, by three. As of late Tuesday, with 40 percent of votes counted, Californians voted no on Prop. 23 by a margin of 19 points. 

"Should Dems Shift to the Middle? Liberals Say 'No Thanks'" On The Wire: "The Democratic party moved to the right after the 1980s, and the result was a mess."

Post-partisan Obama is back! I think...The big post-partisan (yes, I am using that term with something resembling a straight face) line of the press conference so far: "We were in such a rush to get things done that we didn't change how things get done." And he says people aren't that political: "I don't think the majority of people carry an ideology..." It's the first time we've heard him talk about this stuff since the 2008 campaign.

Sullivan: "Tim Rutten predicts what I suspect could be the first real crisis ahead - both within the GOP and for the country and world ...": pushing for a U.S. default on the debt.

"We were in such a hurry to get things done that we didn't change how things got done," Obama admits. He laments signing bills with earmarks on them despite opposing the earmarking process. He lauds Eric Cantor's call for a moratorium on earmarks and says that's one area where Democrats and Republicans can work together.

Do people dislike Obama's policies? This was a big question heading into the midterms: would Democrats lose because people thought his policies constituted liberal overreach, or because liberal voters would be unenthused at the failure of Democrats to do more (e.g. public option, cap-and-trade). Obama says it's about results: people would like the policies if unemployment was in the 5 percent range.

Clive Crook's first take on the election: "On Tuesday, the US electorate spoke pretty clearly about what it does not want. It does not want slow economic growth, continuing financial distress, and persistently high unemployment. A sufficient number of voters also said that they do not want a transformative policy agenda of the kind that Barack Obama has lately dangled in front of the most committed Democrats in an effort to get them to the polls. What voters have yet to decide is what they do want - and therein lies a large problem for their country."

Third question goes to Fox News

So how does Obama confront the phenomenon of anti-government sentiments and the Tea Party? He acknowledges their fears. "People felt government was getting much more intrusive into their lives...people said maybe this is the agenda as opposed to a response to an emergency."

Obama says the midterms are a lesson for him--he has to do a better job as president. "As I reflect on the results of the election, it underscores for me that I've got to do a better job just as everyone else in Washington has."

Obama takes responsibility for the economy, when asked whether he or John Boehner represents the voice/will of the American people. Buck stops here: "I think I've gotta take direct responsibility for us not making as much progress as we need to make..."

Obama: "Our first call as citizens is not to party to region to faction but to country....we are prouder to be Americans, and that's something that we all need to remember right now and in the coming months. And if we do i have no doubt we will continue this nation's long journey towards a better future..."

Obama tacks away from months spent outlining the 2010 elections as a choice between two important alternatives from the future, says the most important competition is not the one between the two political parties..."In this century the most important competition we face is between our economic competitors...around the world..."

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