Obama: Seeing party allies lose makes him question what he did, says it ’feels bad’

President Barack Obama says it feels bad to see his Democratic allies lose their House seat in droves — and makes him question what he could have done differently.

President Barack Obama answers question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama answers question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says he has spoken to the Republican leaders of the House and Senate and told them he looks forward to working together.

The president said some election nights are more fun than others.

He said that regardless of who wins or loses, the outcome is a reminder that power in this country rests not with elected officials but with the people they serve.

Obama spoke at a news conference today in the East Room of the White House.

Democrats lost control of the House in Tuesday’s midterm elections and lost seats in the Senate.

The results were widely seen as a repudiation of Obama’s agenda.

President Barack Obama says it feels bad to see his Democratic allies lose their House seat in droves — and makes him question what he could have done differently.

The president says that the toughest thing for him about the outcome of Tuesday’s midterm elections was seeing “really terrific public servants” who won’t have the opportunity to serve anymore.

In addition to the sadness of seeing them go, the president says he wonders if he could have done something better or different.

Obama said he’s spoken with some of the losing candidates and they’ve been “incredibly gracious” and assured him that they don’t have regrets over unpopular votes they took.

Obama spoke at a White House news conference Wednesday.

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