Former President George W. Bush called it a "thumping," Clinton admitted the voters demanded "sweeping changes" and Reagan promised bipartisan cooperation. So how will President Obama handle his party’s expected losses in Congress?
“I think President Obama will sound like President Obama,” former White House strategist Anita Dunn told me on “GMA.”
“Listen the American people are sending a message to Washington, and they are sending a message to what they see as a Congress who hasn’t looked after their interest of middle class families and they are saying ‘listen to us,’” Dunn said. “I think both political parties are going to have to listen to this message and that the president will be working with both political parties to move this message forward regardless of the outcome of these elections.”
Former Bush advisor Nicolle Wallace said Obama has ignored the voters’ needs and should look at this as an opportunity to tell the American people that he is listening to them.
“The voters have never been satisfied that Barack Obama has sufficiently focused on growing the economy and adding jobs. And whether on the substance he has done the right things has almost become irrelevant on the minds of the voters,” she said.
With Republicans expected to control at least one chamber of Congress, Wallace cautioned the new members to not “misread their mandate.”
“They are not being sent to Washington to remake their own image. The Republicans who win tonight are being sent to Washington to try to rein in what many voters including those independents, who helped deliver Obama’s victory just two years ago, are now so worried about the expanding role of the federal government in American life, its size, its cost and its power, that they want Republicans there as a check and a break on Obama’s agenda,” she said.
Watch my interview here: