"Having a college football playoff is clearly something that we can agree on," Obama said the morning after the
As he did last week in speeches across the country, Obama highlighted positive economic trends and reiterated his view that 2015 could see even stronger growth.
"The key now is for us to work as a team to make sure whether we build on this progress," he said.
Still, there are indications that despite their stated hopes for consensus, the president and the GOP expect a year of combat.
Before traveling to the White House, Boehner told reporters he intended to "make it clear to the president that we're listening to the American people," and said he hoped that Obama will "start to listen too."
Likewise, as the Senate begins formal debate on legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Republicans are fulfilling their commitment to pursue job-creating policies.