[Ed. note: And this is news how?]
President Obama told donors at a fundraiser Wednesday in Boston that he sometimes felt an “enormous frustration” with Republican efforts to block his legislative agenda.
“Sometimes people ask me, ‘Man, how do you stay optimistic because it just seems like a bunch of problems piling up on your desk, and it doesn’t seem like you’re getting a lot of help from the other side?’ ” Obama said.
The president added that “however low people’s estimations” of Washington were, the government shutdown had sent those numbers spiraling further down.
His remarks came as a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed his job approval rating at an all-time low. The same survey showed just 22 percent of Americans with a favorable view of the Republican Party, also a low. More than six in 10 say their current member of Congress doesn’t deserve a second term.
The president described a “challenging year” since his reelection, pointing to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the bombing at the Boston Marathon.