“To everyone who voted, I want you to know that I hear you. To the two-thirds of voters who chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you too,” he said.
Obama pledged to spend “every moment of the next two-plus years doing my job the best I can to keep this country safe and to make sure that more Americans share in this prosperity.”
While he said he was “eager to work with the new Congress to make the next two years as productive as possible,” the president acknowledged that there will be some issues “that we’re passionate about” where there won’t be agreement.
Obama said he would measure ideas “not by whether they are from Democrats or Republicans, but whether they work for the American people.”
“Congress will pass some bills I cannot sign. I’m pretty sure I’ll take some actions that some in Congress will not like. That’s natural. That’s how our democracy works,” he said. “But we can surely find ways to work together on issues where there’s broad agreement among the American people.”