STEPHANOPOULOS: Robert Gibbs was saying that you were surprised and frustrated by the vote [in Massachusetts to elect Republican Scott Brown]. Is that accurate?
OBAMA: Well, I think not last night, but certainly I think a lot of us were surprised about where this was going, about a week ago.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So you saw it coming by then?
OBAMA: By that time, we did. And here's my assessment of not just the vote in Massachusetts, but the mood around the country.
The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office.
People are angry, and they're frustrated. Not just because of what's happened in the last year or two years, but what's happened over the last eight years.
In other words Massachusetts has elected its first Republican senator since the 1970s. Because it was still mad about the Bush Administration.
President Obama has two options: He can take a lesson from the Clinton playbook and tack to the center or he can continue on down the path to a Jimmy Carter one-term presidency disaster.