One day after Republicans scored huge gains in the U.S. Senate and the House, President Obama gave a lengthy press conference and signaled he wants to work with the new Congress, but he also made it clear that if Congress didn't act quickly, he will and without their approval.
"I am eager to see what they have to offer but what I am not going to do is wait," Obama said in his first public remarks since the election. "Let's see what we can do lawfully through executive actions."
Senator Mitch McConnell, the presumptive majority leader promised cooperation, but he had a stern lecture for the president.
"Because of the strength of the veto pen, he could probably stay on the course he's on," McConnell said Wednesday.
With gridlock looking as locked in place as ever, what do Republicans need to do to make sure they don't lose their momentum and their chances for the White House in 2016.
In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Chairman for the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus says his party's election victory wasn't just based on a repudiation of the President's policies, but also an "acceptance of Republican policies and governance."