The White House says President Barack Obama is hopeful he can work with new House Speaker Paul Ryan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The White House on Thursday said President Barack Obama is hopeful he can work with new U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Obama called Ryan to wish him well on his new leadership position. Earnest said Obama respects Ryan despite their "significant policy differences." "The American people have elected Republicans to be in charge of the Congress and a Democrat to run the White House. And that means for anything to make it through the legislative process, it's going to have to be bipartisan," said Earnest.