November 3rd, 2010
04:00 PM ET

For Obama: OK, what now?

Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent

Washington (CNN) - When Republican Trent Lott sat down for lunch with Democrat Tom Daschle on Monday afternoon, mere hours before voters shellacked President Obama and his party in the midterm elections, it was more than just two former Senate gladiators getting together to reminisce about old times

Despite their many differences over the years, Lott and Daschle managed to find a way to work together during the bruising days of the Clinton and Bush administrations, where everything from impeachment to Iraq caused deep divisions between the parties.

"He and I are whispering back and forth," Lott told me of his conversations with Daschle.

The two still keep in close touch and are now working back channels to try to get Obama and incoming House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to see that a divided government does not have to mean that the government comes to a screeching halt.

"Tom and I went through this situation on both sides," said Lott, who was the Senate majority leader while Daschle was minority leader. "We've been through three different iterations of circumstances where we found a way to get things done."

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Melissa Orsburne

    Hi Anderson, Ihave been watching the chat on TV. I would like to know if anyone has figured out the Hillary actor of this election. I was a Hillary supporter who became disenfranchised with the Democratic Party. I am now an Independent voter all the way. Just wondering if anyone factored the Women & Independent voters who were for Hillary. Thank you, ad I am enjoying your show. Melissa Orsburne Washinghton

    November 4, 2010 at 5:49 am |
  2. Rosalind

    I would like to know where was all this concern for the economy when Prices were rising through the roof, and people were paying 4.00 for gas. When the Republican had the GOP 4 to 8 years ago? or did I miss something.

    November 4, 2010 at 2:17 am |
  3. patricia

    what now? now we will see why the u.s.a is in the state we're in i feel you'll need to move out to some of these small citys and talk to us like south carolina we all dont feel the same way

    November 3, 2010 at 11:26 pm |
  4. Gene Anderson

    Are Democrat,s considered the American people maybee just republican,s?????

    November 3, 2010 at 7:19 pm |