Jillian Bandes

It seemed to mirror the frustration of the White House press core, which asked him again and again whether he thought the elections were a referendum on his policies, his party, and his personality. In Obama's defense, there was really no good way to get out of those types of questions — short of publicly flogging himself — so his standard list of excuses did him just fine.

Obama also nailed the nature of the independent vote this cycle, which flipped back to Republicans after turning out for Obama just two years ago.

"I dont think people carry around with them a fixed ideology. They just want to make sure that we're making progress. And that's going to be my next priority in the next couple of years," said Obama.

Jillian Bandes

Jillian Bandes is the National Political Reporter for Townhall.com