President Obama got philosophical at a Wednesday news conference as he reflected on the message Americans sent at Tuesday’s polls, as well as on the meaning of the “shellacking” he took when the results came in. “In the rush of activity sometimes we lose track of the ways that we connected with folks that got us here in the first place,” he admitted, referring to himself and other presidents before him, presumably, and not invoking the “royal we,” so calm down, Fox News. –KA

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