President Bush, disappointed with the election results, will hold a news conference on Wednesday to urge his opponents to work with him.
"The president's not the kind of guy who is going to be somber about things," said press secretary Tony Snow. But he added: "They have not gone the way he would have liked."
Bush, unaccustomed to political defeat, planned a morning phone call to Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi and made plans to give his take on the midterm election results at a 1 p.m. ET news conference.