President Bush says the Democratic victories in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are a great opportunity to show that Republicans and Democrats can work together.
He made the comment on Friday after meeting at the White House with Democratic Senator Harry Reid, who is expected to become Senate majority leader when the new Congress convenes in January.
Reid said the two agreed that the only way to move forward is through bipartisanship and cooperation.
Mr. Bush also said the change in Congress offers the chance to show that both parties are "equally patriotic." During campaign speeches, Mr. Bush said that if Democrats were elected, terrorists would win and America would lose.
The president has called on both Democrats and Republicans to set aside their differences and work together on important issues.
Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, expected to be the second-in-command in the
Senate, also attended the meeting at the White House. He told reporters afterward that "this is a day of looking forward, as we should, instead of looking backward."
Mr. Bush met Thursday with Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, who is set to become the first female speaker of the House. She said Democrats look forward to making progress on problems facing the country.
Democrats gained control of both houses of Congress this week for the first time in 12 years, after some very close elections were resolved.