President Barack Obama told members of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in a speech at the White House on Thursday that “government generally is something” we have to “fight for.”
“Unlike, sometimes, government officials at other levels, mayors understand that the services and the effectiveness of local government and government generally is something that we can’t take for granted, that we have to work for and fight for and invest in every single day,” Obama said.
“Mayors can’t wait for Congress,” Obama said in the speech. “Mayors can’t get stuck in partisan gridlock.”
“And that’s why I think on so many issues–from fighting for working families to combatting climate change, to expanding high-tech jobs, to increasing the minimum wage–we have been able to work together to get a lot of things done,” said Obama.