Charlres Dharapak, ASSOCIATED PRESS
President Barack Obama makes an opening statement during his news conference, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

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