Obama: Getting Back to 'First Principles'

President Obama has, since the midterms, admitted that he maybe failed to change the tone in Washington, as so many people hoped he would as he ran for president as a young senator and borderline political outsider, given the suddenness of his rise from the Chicago and Springfield.

He said as much in his post-Election-Day press conference, and he said it again as he traveled back to the U.S. from Asia, about to set foot on a new American political landscape.

The New York Times's Michael Shear reports:

"I neglected some things that matter a lot to people, and rightly so: maintaining a bipartisan tone in Washington," he told reporters in a brief question-and-answer session aboard Air Force One as he returned from a 10-day trip to Asia. "I'm going to redouble my efforts to go back to some of those first principles," he promised.

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