During a fundraising event in Los Angeles Wednesday, President Barack Obama told an audience of wealthy donors that public opinion is firmly on the side of Democrats and the only reason “nothing works” is because Republicans “say no to everything.”
“Their willingness to say no to everything — the fact that since 2007, they have filibustered about 500 pieces of legislation that would help the middle class just gives you a sense of how opposed they are to any progress — has actually led to an increase in cynicism and discouragement among the people who were counting on us to fight for them,” Obama told attendees who paid between $10,000 and $32,000 to join him.
“The conclusion is, well, nothing works,” he continued. “And the problem is, is that for the folks worth fighting for — for the person who’s cleaning up that house or hotel, for the guy who used to work on construction but now has been laid off — they need us. Not because they want a handout, but because they know that government can serve an important function in unleashing the power of our private sector.”
That’s why, Obama explained, he is taking time from dealing with international conflict and domestic disarray to campaign on behalf of Democrats.
“I’m in trouble at home. And the reason is, is because I told Michelle back in 2012 I had run my last campaign, but a couple months ago, I had to let her in on a secret, and that is, honey, I got one more campaign I got to run,” he said. “I need to make sure we continue to have a Democratic Senate, and I need a Democratic House of Representatives in Washington. And I’m going to do everything I can to make that happen.”
The President also said, “The good news is we’ve got public opinion on our side if people actually turn out — on every issue. On minimum wage, on pay equity, on clean energy, on immigration reform — there’s not an issue in which we do not possess a majority in this country. But it has to manifest itself during election time, and especially during midterms.”
The star-studded affair took place at the Bel Air home of Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.