In April, when Prime Minister Theresa May called the snap election, the goal was to shore up more conservative support in Parliament. Instead, May emerged from Thursday's election having lost her Conservative majority in the House of Commons and forced to try to cobble together a minority government with the help of a party from Northern Ireland. Just after noon, she was driven the short distance from Downing Street to Buckingham Palace to ask Queen Elizabeth for permission to form a government - a formality under the British system.
"I don't worry about that, partly because I think that the Democratic Party has stayed pretty grounded in fact and reality", Obama told Axelrod at the time.
"This must now mean the end of austerity, and a return to the investment and support our manufacturing industries urgently need".
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker added he hoped there would not be "further delay" in the talks that "we are desperately waiting for".
Diplomatic veterans say the Brexit process is as titanic in scale as it is historically unprecedented. How he would steer Britain through Brexit negotiations has not been explained in detail.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Leslie said: "We shouldn't pretend that this is a famous victory".
SCULLY: We now have a deeply uncertain situation with regard to the British government, and it is extremely hard to see what sort of, you know, progress can be made in these talks. If they're ready to play hard, the Tories will have to seriously consider what conditions for a semi-official coalition would be politically too costly, even as the alternative is potentially yet another election. "With a weak negotiating partner, there's a danger the negotiations will turn out badly".
But she came under fire for a lacklustre, soundbite-driven performance on the campaign trail and a damaging U-turn on healthcare policy.
George Osborne, the former finance minister who stepped down at the election, told ITV that the results were "catastrophic" for his party.
As the Conservatives suffered south of the border and in Wales at the hands of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour, the party had a magnificent night in Scotland.
Corbyn's newly energized Labour Party officially backs Brexit - since voters endorsed it in a referendum previous year - but many important figures in the party advocate a much "softer" approach, and their views now may now carry sway.
Former Treasury chief George Osborne - who was sacked by May past year - called May a "dead woman walking", and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was ready to contest another election at any time. Sure, the biggest loser was May herself, even if her Conservatives finished in first place.
British newspapers summed it up in a word: Mayhem.
SIMON: Roula Khalaf, who's deputy editor at the Financial Times from London.
The Conservatives won 318 seats - eight less than it needed in order to secure a majority.
"I think if we'd had a large Conservative majority like all the polling was pointing to, then Theresa May could've pushed through her version of Brexit which is outside the single market, outside the customs union with tight control over migration, and not giving much money into the EU pot in terms of paying for access", explains French.
Other potential Conservative candidates for prime minister are Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson. Three British women of Bangladeshi origin have also done very well on the Labour ticket and we congratulate them on their win.
DUP leader Arlene Foster's initial comments were non-committal: "The prime minister has spoken with me this morning and we will enter discussions with the Conservatives to explore how it may be possible to bring stability to our nation at this time of great challenge".