In an exclusive Oval Office interview with RealClearPolitics last week, President George W. Bush sat down to offer his thoughts about this year's elections.
"I don't think we got overwhelmed at the ballot box like previous elections," President Bush said about the November 4th results, contrasting this year's "defeat" to the "shellacking" Republicans suffered in 1964. "On the other hand," the President said, "I think we should learn some lessons from it."
Asked about the significance of Republican strongholds like Indiana and Virginia voting Democratic for the first time in 44 years, President Bush credited Barack Obama with running a good campaign, saying he "energized pockets of people and had an organization that was capable of following up to get them out to vote."
The President called Virginia a state in "transition," saying that parties must be aware of the shifting political landscape and "be able to take advantage of those shifts without changing philosophy." President Bush went on to say that "a lot of times after a period where there's been political success, people become complacent at the grassroots level and at the national level, for that matter."
"I still think we're a right-of-centre country," the President responded when asked whether the election offered proof that the ideological centre of the country had shifted to the left.