STEVE INSKEEP, NPR: Is there anything that you personally intend to do differently in your approach to Congress in hopes of getting better results in your final two years than you have on some occasions in the past?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I can always do better in every aspect of my job and congressional relations isn't exempt from that. I think the circumstances will have changed, though.
I'm obviously frustrated with the results of the midterm election. I think we had a great record for members of Congress to run on and I — I don't think we — myself and the Democratic Party made as good of a case as we should have. And, you know, as a consequence, we had really low voter turnout and the results were bad.
On the other hand, now you've got Republicans in a position where it's not enough for them simply to grind the wheels of Congress to a halt and then blame me. They are going to be in a position in which they have to show that they can responsibly govern, given that they have significant majorities in both chambers. (NPR Interview with Steve Inskeep, aired December 29, 2014)