President Obama Wednesday suggested Republicans had reacted inappropriately to the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Boston bombings, asserting during a Boston fundraiser for congressional Democrats that his opponents should have displayed a “new spirit” of cooperation.
This has been a challenging year since my reelection . . . We would have hoped that coming out of those two tragedies that we would see a new spirit in Congress of people pulling together and rolling up sleeves and working on the things a broad spectrum of Americans agree on, but that’s not what we got.
Instead we got more obstruction and more resistance to getting anything done, most recently culminating in a shutdown that was entirely unnecessary.
Obama said he experiences “enormous frustration sometimes” and offered up a dose of self-pity:
Sometimes people ask me, “Man, how do you stay optimistic, because it just seems like a bunch of problems piling up on your desk and it doesn’t seem like you’re getting a lot of help from the other side?”
The event included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, whom Obama hopes to install as Speaker by seizing the House back from the GOP. He praised her lavishly.
(Pelosi) constantly surprises me by how good, how tough, how visionary and committed she is . . . What I also know is that the interests of the American people will be better served if I’ve got Nancy Pelosi standing by my side and we get the agenda done. That’s why we’re here.
Obama also offered a shout out to former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who was also on hand for the event, calling him “someone who’s looking slim, and cheerful, and good humored, has a glow on his cheeks,” and joking, “this is what I guess getting out of Congress looks like!”
Ticket prices ranged from $16,200 per person to $64,800 per couple for the event, which was held at the home of Alan Solomont, the former U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra.