"I trust Republican congressional leaders didn't miss the unmistakable signals."
I know that I didn't miss it.
"After making it emphatically clear that it would be his way or the highway, Obama said, yet again, that the American people just want the parties to work together. "
That is Obama's plan for his second term. Start out the conversation emphasizing how they are willing to work with Republicans, establishing that in the media. When they try to cram their new legislation agenda down Republican's throat, like they did ObamaCare, Republicans will resist. After that it's just a matter of playing the same old tired record over and over. Republicans are obstructionists. Voters hate Congress for not working together already.