WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush, disappointed at the Democrats' seizure
of the House of Representatives, will hold a news conference on Wednesday to
urge his opponents to work with him, the White House said.
The news conference was set for 1 p.m. EST (1800 GMT).
White House spokesman
Tony Snow said the outcome of the elections, in which Democrats were projected
to win control of the House and pick up several Senate seats, was "not what we
President George W. Bush climbs
aboard Air Force One to return to Washington at Waco TSTC airport in Texas
November 7, 2006. [AP]
"But it also gets us to a point: Democrats have spent a lot of time
complaining about what the president has done. This is an opportunity for them
to kind of stand up," Snow said.
Bush, whose Iraq policy was a key factor in the elections, had dinner with
top aides and close friends Brad Freeman and Don Evans, the former commerce
secretary, and watched the election returns on television in the White House
He was told formally by his top political adviser, Karl Rove, that the House
had gone to the Democrats.
It was described as a businesslike environment with aides thumbing messages
into their blackberries to keep track of developments.
The bad news came after Bush spent the last five days of the campaign trying
to help Republican candidates in 10 states.
"Now, one of the things is both parties have got a lot work to do," Snow
said. "The president has got a very active agenda for the next two years and
you're going to need both parties. There has to be a calculated decision by the