[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/03/24/art.getty.obama.happy.jpg caption="Obama spoke at two Democratic fundraisers in Washington on Thursday night."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama mused Thursday night about the "petty and trivial" news cycle in Washington, calling the media chatter a distraction from the real problems facing the country.
"I know that in Washington sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day cable chatter, and be distracted by the petty and the trivial, and everybody is keeping score - are they up, are they down?" he said at the second of two DNC fundraisers last night in Washington. "You know, one day I'm a genius; one day I'm a bum. Every day there's a new winner, a new loser."
"So what we understand is there are going to be days where things don't go exactly the way we planned, and days where things go smoothly," he said. "There are going to be days where the market goes up, and days where the market goes down. But that's not how we measure success. We measure economic recovery in a different way. And we're seeing progress all across America - because we measure recovery by how many Americans can bring home a paycheck that helps them make ends meet."
He offered similar remarks at the earlier fundraiser, saying "there will be days where we may be declared winners, and there will be days where the umpires say, oh, they lost that one."