Having just watched President Barack Obama's news conference, I believe I discerned two important messages from the president to all Republicans:

1. I am the President and you are not. Get over it.

2. Regarding the "fiscal cliff," you have been outmaneuvered at every turn. You are now painted into a corner. Either you get in line and do as I wish, or I will drive this bus off the cliff and you will get the blame.

If you do get in line, I will say some nice things about you and maybe throw you a bone or two.

Thomas Brown