From Sunlen Miller:
In partisan remarks before the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s (DCCC) fundraising dinner this evening, President Obama said that Republicans are like bad drivers, who once drove the car into a ditch and now want the keys back.
“After they drove the car into the ditch, made it as difficult as possible for us to pull it back, now they want to keys back. No! You can’t drive. We don’t want to have to go back into the ditch. We just got the car out.”
Appearing before about 185 people at a fundraiser hauling in $1.3 million at the St. Regis hotel in New York City, the president painted the Republican party in unflattering light, as the party standing in the way of reform.
“They’ve done their best to gum up the works to make it look broken. To say no to every single thing,” he quipped.
For example the president said that despite economic improvements recently Republicans are still falling “all over themselves to argue otherwise.”
And on the Republican pledge to repeal health care, the president said he is not going to let that happen.
“Now they are talking about repealing when they take over in November,” Obama exclaimed, “I’m confident that as long as we’re able to get our message out, with your help the American people aren’t going to let that happen.”
The president claimed that the Democrats had led the “most productive legislative session in history” and that while “everybody’s kinda pooped” due to the lack of “help from the other side of the aisle,” that now is the time to push on.
“After a stormy time, people may be a little sea sick. But right now the waters are calm. There on the horizon we can see our destination. Now is not the time to lose heart. Now is not the time to get complacent. Now is the time to remind ourselves of what America is all about and return Democrats to the House of Representatives.”
The president had a little backward compliment for the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi who had introduced him a few moments before.
“Nancy Pelosi, that’s one tough lady. And she’s so elegant. Even as she’s ripping your heart out. If you mess with her.”
Tickets for the fundraiser for House Democrats were $50,000 for couples attending the VIP reception, $15,000 per individual and $30,400 per couple for the dinner. The menu was created by celebrity chefs, Jacques Pepin, Alain Sailhac and Jacques Soltner.