President Barack Obama returned to his hometown Chicago on Wednesday and told Democrats that while he’s willing to work with Republicans he can get more done with his party in control of the U.S. House. ”If day in, day out, what we confront is obstructionism for the sake of obstructionism, and what appears to be an interest only in scoring points or placating the base as opposed to trying to advance the interests of the American people, then we’ve got to figure out a way to work around that,” he told about 150 supporters at the Chicago Hilton, where ticket prices started at $1,000 per person.
‘We’ve got a great chance of taking back the House,” he said. “I’m going to be working tirelessly, wherever I get the opportunity, to make the case to the American people that our ideas are the right ones to broaden the middle class.”
Among the attendees were House Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dick Durbin, Reps. Robin Kelly, Bobby Rush, Bill Foster, and Jan Schakowsky — who introduced the president as a “dear friend” and “our very favorite son,” — as well as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Rep. Steve Israel.
The president acknowledged Israel’s birthday on Thursday, lending his voice and leading the room in a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
Source: NBC Chicago.
(Photo: NBC Chicago screen shot.)