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Obama agenda: Channeling anger at Washington

“President Obama blasted Congress from the road on Thursday, saying things would be worse if lawmakers returned to Washington,” The Hill writes. “‘There is nothing wrong with our country,’ Obama said in a speech at a Holland, Mich. plant. ‘There is something wrong with our politics.’ Obama rolled out what sounded like a new campaign theme Thursday that makes Washington gridlock his foil and the obstacle to increased economic recovery.” 

“President Barack Obama sought to reassert economic leadership on Thursday by pledging to deliver new ideas every week to create jobs, and he slammed Congress for ‘bickering’ that hurts economic recovery,” Reuters adds. “In a passionate speech to auto industry workers aimed at deflecting public anger over policy gridlock in Washington, Obama said the refusal to put country ahead of party ‘has got to stop.’”

The AP: “Obama aired his frustration with the ways of Washington just before pivoting to his reelection campaign and a pair of big-money fund-raisers in New York City.”

“President Barack Obama collected some big bucks Thursday night at a star-studded fund-raiser in the New York home of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein,” the New York Post says. “Among the guests: actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay singer Chris Martin; comedian Jimmy Fallon, designer Vera Wang, singer Alicia Keys, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who co-hosted the event. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was also there as the guests packed around five tables in a basement room.”