President Barack Obama says he has spoken to Republican congressional leaders and told them he looks forward to working together.
Obama's Democrats lost control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday's elections but kept their Senate majority despite losing some seats.
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 Wednesday at the White House.
The election results were widely seen as a repudiation of Obama's agenda.