President Obama told attendees at a high-dollar Manhattan fundraiser Wednesday night that the Democratic Party would be in better shape if he “could just get a million surplus votes in Brooklyn” and move them to Nebraska, where Tea Party conservatives scored a major win in Tuesday’s primary.
Complaining that he had a “drawerful” of things left to do, the president said he had been stymied because “Washington doesn’t work.”
“We have a party on the other side that has been captured by an ideology that says no to everything,” Obama said. “There might have been a time when that was an exaggeration but now it’s not.”
Obama made the comments at the second of two New York City fundraisers Wednesday, held at the Manhattan home of investment banker Blair Effron. Supporters paid $32,400 to attend the event, which benefited the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Earlier, the president held a closed-door roundtable discussion with donors who had contributed up to $32,400 to the Democratic National Committee.
Obama’s trip to New York was part of a furious fundraising push of late, as Democrats look to stockpile cash ahead of the 2014 midterm elections. The events were Obama’s 20th and 21st of 2014, and came on the heels of a trip to California last week where Obama hosted five separate fundraising events. According to CBS News’s Mark Knoller, Obama has attended 59 events benefiting Democrats this cycle.
Correct me if I’m wrong but I do believe a few years ago a certain first term junior Senator (D) from Illinois frequently spoke out against Republican policy ideas under President George W. Bush (R) and consistently voted in opposition to them – and encouraged his fellow Democrats to do the same. Times have changed, I guess. Apparently it’s only okay to be the “party of no” and ideologically opposed to the um, opposition, when the President is a Republican. Go figure!