President Obama -- who will continue to face a House dominated by Republicans -- accepted a second term as president early Wednesday, urging Americans to move past their political differences and work together.
"Democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated," he said in remarks at the McCormick Center in Chicago. "That won't change after tonight, and it shouldn't."
Yet, he added, "Despite all our differences, most of share certain hopes for America's future," he said.
Obama, whose first term was marked by partisan gridlock, said he was looking forward to working with leaders "of both parties" to tackle the deficit, immigration reform and energy security. He said he planned to talk with Republican challenger Mitt Romney about ways they could work together.
And he told viewers that whether or not he'd "earned their vote, I have listened to you."