Obama: Washington can still be ‘fixed’
May 29th, 2013
09:34 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama: Washington can still be ‘fixed’

Chicago (CNN) – Speaking at a political fundraiser, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to work tirelessly to convince the American people that Democrats’ ideas are the right ones.

But at the same time, he attempted to strike a bipartisan tone, acknowledging that while Washington may appear broken, “it can be fixed.”

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“We’ve got everything that we need to succeed,” the president said at the fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “But the one thing that’s still missing is a politics that matches up with the decency and the hard work and determination and creativity of the American people. We’ve got a politics that’s stuck right now.”

Vowing to work with all Republicans who “don’t think compromise is a dirty word,” Obama said that the task facing all politicians is to create a government that’s befitting the next generation of Americans.

“The generation coming behind us, I mean they are spectacular,” the president said.

“We’ve just got to make sure that we leave for them a political system that allows them to express all that incredible creativity and ingenuity and wonderful values that they’re going to be able to express through our politics. That’s what this project’s about.”

The early evening reception in the small ballroom at the Chicago Hilton was the first of two fundraisers the president is headlining for the DCCC during a one-night visit to his hometown. Roughly 150 people paid between $1,000 and $5,000 to hear the president speak about gun control, education, U.S. infrastructure and climate change.

“We will over the next couple of decades have the capacity to be energy independent for the first time - incredible change,” Obama told the crowd.

“It will change geopolitics for generations to come and it frees ourselves from dependence not only on foreign oil generally, but from some of the most volatile parts of the world. But what we also know is, is that the climate is changing in ways that we can’t fully predict, but we know are not going to be good for our kids.”

In addition to donors, the audience included many members of the Illinois congressional delegation as well as Democratic power players such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as White House chief of staff during Obama’s first two years as president.

After speaking at the Hilton, the president drove to the home of longtime supporters and Democratic activists Paul and Bettylu Saltzman, without whom Obama said he would never have been elected president.

"It's true," he said, saying she had treated him like a son in Chicago, introducing him to many people who would eventually become political supporters. "Love that woman."

There a crowd of roughly 70 people had paid either $10,000 per person or $32,400 per couple for dinner with the president.

The pair of fundraisers is the third that the president has headlined for the DCCC; he’s scheduled for three more this year.

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Simple fix, get rid of the gop bs party in the 2014 midterms ,only. Idiots well vote for the losers!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 29, 2013 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  2. Jerome E. Goodwin Sr.

    By fixed he means made into one socialist party.

    May 29, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  3. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    To the gop fools, the stock market values have gone up 12 trillion dallars in value sence Obama came in in 2009 ,soooo??????? What has the gop bafoon party done except cost you your job and healthcare and tried to cut your food stamps and your mothers soc sec and Medicare ???????

    May 29, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. AZWarrior

    I used to think that 'Washington' could be fixed, but I now doubt that a return to a smaller and more efficient government is possible anymore. Americans are far too self-absorbed and have such unrealistic expectations about goverment that at best it will slowly decline into bankruptcy, and at worse collapse into violence. History has example after example of the rise and fall of empires, and we would be arrogant to believe that we will be any different. I am nearing the end of my life (in years), so I will not have to watch the people of the Republic destroy the very thing that made them the success we were for as long as most, which I consider a blessing. Profoundly sad, but also the normal evolution of self government.

    May 29, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  5. king

    as like the words of Bohner, hell no the house cant be fixed. the only thing we can do is wait until the 2014 election, and see how bad the American people need our country infrastructure fixed. i know the repubs going to go crazy, but we need a jobs czar, instead of sending the money to the states, because the state will use it and balance their budget instead of using it to rebuild our country and creating jobs.

    May 29, 2013 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  6. Name willard

    I said no excuse for presdient obama for 4 yrs also presdient obama are lied. To his story what happened about murder 4 amercian
    Obama could get impeachement out of white house also he was lots problems leak with nation security. So china are wonder steal from hack against untied state
    Obama was fault leak with nation security at white house

    May 29, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  7. swej

    How many have actually considered how their actions or decisions play out in the nation at large?

    May 29, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  8. ak_steve

    Washington is going to be hard to fix with the GOP and Tea Party doing everything they can to break it.

    May 30, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  9. Thomas

    You can't fix corruption with out monetary forfeiture from those acting corrupt for financial gain .

    Mexico is a good example !

    There will never be true freedom , unless there is true justice .

    May 30, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  10. avrage

    The president shouldnt have to raise funds our tax dollars are paying for these types of things.. unless they are not.

    May 30, 2013 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  11. Name willard

    Better trash 2014

    May 30, 2013 02:16 am at 2:16 am |
  12. andi lee

    OUR President charging a fee to hear him speak as President? Sounds like a conflict of interest to me. Will someone please inform him he is ON DUTY 24/7 as President of the U.S.

    May 30, 2013 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  13. ThinkAgain

    How to fix Washington: Get rid of the tea folks and the GOPers who don't believe in the will of the American people who cast more Democratic votes in 2012 House races (by over 1 million), who retained a Democratic majority in the Senate in 2012, and who elected a Democratic President – TWICE.

    Oh, and folks who'll support the will of the majority of Americans – of ALL political stripes – when it comes to reasonable gun regulation, including universal background checks.

    And folks who'll support the will of the majority of Americans when it comes to NOT going to war with Syria.

    And folks who'll support the will of the majority of Americans – including a majority of American millionaires and billionaires – when it comes to raising taxes on the rich to levels during the Clinton administration and closing loopholes that ONLY benefit the wealthy.

    And folks who'll support the will of the majority of Americans who want to end multi-billion-dollar subsidies to oil companies (which are enjoying record profits).

    And folks who'll support the will of the majority of Americans who think that to get anything done in the Senate all you need is a majority – NOT 60 votes or nothing happens!

    Who are these folks? Democrats, Independents and the few moderate Republicans who haven't been primaried by Karl Rove, Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers.

    Remember this, folks, when November 2014 rolls around: Time rid ourselves of the obstructionists!

    May 30, 2013 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  14. chuckie0

    Nope our government is now broken.

    May 30, 2013 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  15. Name Uche Agonsi

    Dont fix Washington, fix the people of America, the people will fix Washington.

    May 30, 2013 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  16. Richard Long

    How can Washington be fixed if Obama's Chief of Staff doesn't tell him about what is going on?

    May 30, 2013 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  17. Ben Beauka

    I didn't believe Washington could be fixed but if Obama thinks so then by all means go ahead and impeach him.

    May 30, 2013 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  18. Republicans rule Obama

    Washington will never be fixed as long as Obama and the Democrats, keep pushing their radical liberal bulls**t. Slowly they are destroying America's way of life, and trying to pattern this country after Europe. Which we all know how messed up they are. The only way to fix it is to cut out all these free Goverment handouts everyone is getting, reign in spending, stop sending money overseas. Also the President needs to stay in Washington and do his job instead of wasting tax dollars flying around the country and campaiging. OBama and the Democrats destroyers of the American way of life.

    May 30, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  19. Marie MD

    Yes Mr. President. DC can be fixed if Americans start voting out the tea trolls in 2014. Of course there's always ethics violations and knowing that they won't win an election against an earthworm, like the flake from MN and tea troll queen, and they step down.

    May 30, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  20. Gurgyl

    Fix it. Be fast, swift.

    May 30, 2013 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  21. Ed1

    When you are impeached we might have a chance to save this Country.

    May 30, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  22. Minnie Mouse

    It would be a bonus for the entire country if all of the politicans had our best interest. How can you get them to do anything in gun control, when some don't even think it's a good idea to have a background check. That's a first step that needed to be taken. Cutting the debt had to be forced because no other deals could be agreed up. If you want anything done,we need to vote in people who actually care enough to make sure that things are getting done and and not say that things can get done. Anyone can say they can do something but will they actually do it when it comes time to it!
    Less out of office travel, more negotiation talks, in house scheduling, plans of actions = proven bi-partisan results.

    May 30, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |