WASHINGTON D.C. (WYMT) - Not long after President Obama learned he would be in the White House four more years, he started making calls to congressional leaders.
The election showed a country split down the middle and both sides are talking a good game about comprise.
President Obama is headed back to the Washington after a bitter battle to win a second term.
He used his victory speech to reach out to the other side.
"In the weeks ahead, I also look forward to sitting down with Governor Romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward.
Mitt Romney also called for compromise.
"At a time like this, we can't afford partisan bickering. And political posturing. Our leaders have to reach across the aisle to do the people's work,” Romney said.
Voters put President Obama back in the White House, but they also chose a divided Congress, recreating the same recipe for gridlock.
Democrats are hanging onto the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid says he'll work with Republicans, but won't let them push him around.
"It's better to dance than to fight. It's better to work together. Everything doesn't have to be a fight. Everything doesn't have to be a fight, that's the way it's been the last couple of years,” Reid said.
Republicans are keeping control of the House and Speaker John Boehner is standing his ground.
"What Americans want are solutions that ease the burdens of small businesses, bring jobs home and let our economy grow. We stand ready to work with any willing partner. Democrat, Republican or otherwise, who shares a commitment to getting those things done,” Boehner said.
Both parties will have to compromise by the end of the year to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. If they do not, the country faces a roll back of tax cuts as well as big cuts to defense and social programs.
As part of a deal, President Obama wants the Bush tax cuts to expire.
So far, republicans are sticking by their demand to keep the cuts in place.