“To everyone that voted,” Pres. Obama said at the start of his post-midterm election news conference today, “I want you to know that I heard you. To the two-thirds of voters that chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you too.”
Carried on all the broadcast networks and cable news networks, the president said he has three priorities where he’ll need the help of the current Congress, before the new Republican-controlled Congress gets to work in January.
1) Ebola funding, 2) a new authorization for use of military force against ISIS and 3) passing a federal budget.
Following his remarks the president took his first question from Julie Pace of the Associated Press, the second question went to Reuters’ Jeff Mason, the third went to Chris Jansing from NBC News, and the fourth to Jon Karl of ABC News. “I would enjoy having some Kentucky Bourbon with Mitch McConnell,” said the president when Karl asked about his relationship with the soon-to-be Majority Leader. The next question when to Phil Mattingly of BloombergTV.
The president next went to Ed Henry of Fox News. “I’ve missed you guys. I haven’t done this in a while,” the president joked. “I know. I miss you,” Henry shot back. Sam Stein of the Huffington Post got the next question.
Major Garrett of CBS News got the next question, saying to the president: “If you do miss us, allow me to suggest we do this every week.”
“We might. Who knows? I’m having great time,” said Obama. Jim Acosta of CNN got the next question. The last question went to Scott Horsley of NPR.