Last night a fundraiser in Beverly Hills, California, President Obama shared his political frustrations with some high dollar donors at Hollywood star Tyler Perry's house, telling the audience he has struggled "mightily."
"The problem is that too often the political system doesn't reflect the common sense and decency of the American people," said the man who is the executor of the American political system.
The AP reports that Obama singled out "inaction" on gun control, poverty, income inequality and criminal justice reform.
Obama spoke from a tent set up on the lawn of Perry's hilltop home, one of four fundraisers with tickets as high as $33,400 he's headlining for Democrats over two days. On Friday evening, he planned to appear with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at a fundraiser in her San Francisco district, awkwardly coming as the two remain opposed over the trade legislation that is a top priority for his second-term agenda.
The event was attended by 250 donors including "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner and star January Jones, former NBA basketball player Jason Collins, former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt and Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
Obama also shared a story of a Colorado man who voted for him twice but was "disappointed." with Obama's accomplishments.
"He thought that when I got to Washington I could bring people together and make them work more effectively, and the fact of the matter is that Washington is still gridlocked and still seems obsessed with the short-term and the next election instead of the next generation," Obama said. "And on that issue, I had to tell him, 'You're right. I am frustrated and you have every right to be frustrated because Congress doesn't work the way it should.'
"The incentives that are built into the system reward short term, reward a polarized politics, reward being simplistic instead of being true, reward division. And as mightily as I have struggled against that, I told him, 'You're right. It still is broken.'"
Obama will head to San Francisco on Friday for more fundraising.